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One Hundred Bible Ways 
To Be a Fool 



By 
JOHN W. TYNDALL, A.M., LL.D. 



Metropolitan Correspondence Bible College 
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CONTENTS 

Chapter Page 

I One Hundred Bible Ways to Be a Fool 11 

II Fools in General - - - - 58 

III Others Suffering Because of Fools - 73 

IV The Seven Sins of a Fool - - 75 
V The Punishment of Fools - - 79 

Conclusion ----- 83 



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INTRODUCTION 

No one wants to be a fool, yet one can hardly walk a 
block on the street without seeing one of the hundred 
different kinds of fools described in the Bible. It is from 
not knowing what constitutes a fool that we have so many 
of them. Ignorance is the cause of more sin, different 
kinds of sin, than all other causes combined. The follow- 
ing are but a few of the things set forth in this book con- 
cerning fools: Foolish women (Job 2:10) — what kills 
a fool (Job 5:2) — the children of fools (Job 5:4) — what 
the fool says in his heart (Psa. 14:1) — the affliction of 
fools (Psa. 107:17, 18) — what fools despise (Prov. 1:7) 
— the mouth of the foolish (Prov. 10 :14) — the fool's sport 
(Prov. 10:23) — the rod of pride in the mouth of a fool 
(Prov. 14:3)— the folly of fools (Prov. 14:8)— fools 
mocking sin (Prov. 14:9) — foolishness from the mouth of 
fools (Prov. 15:2)— the food of fools (Prov. 15:14) — 
whipping fools (Prov. 17:10) — ^a bear and a fool (Prov. 
17:12)— the father of a fool (Prov. 17:21)— the eyes of 
a fool (Prov. 17:24) — when a fool is wise (Prov. 17:28) 
— a fool's discovery (Prov. 18:2) — a fool's lips (Prov. 
18:6, 7) — the back of fools (Prov. 19:29) — meddling 
fools (Prov. 20:3)— teach not fools (Prov. 23:9)— the 
wisdom of a fool (Prov. 24:7) — a parable in the mouth 
of fools (Prov. 26:7-9)— worse than a fool (Prov. 26:12) 
— dogs and fools (Prov. 26:11) — a fool's wrath (Prov. 
27:3) — impossible to beat the folly out of fools (Prov. 
27:22)— trusting in self is a fool (Prov. 28:26)— the fool 
uttereth all his mind (Prov. 29 :11) — how a fool is known 
(Ecle. 5:3) — the laughter of fools (Ecle. 7:5, 6) — -anger 
resting in the bosom of fools (Ecle. 7:9) — a fool's heart 



on the left side (Ecle. 10:2) — a fool swallows himself 
(Ecle. 10:12, 13)— a fool is full of words (Ecle. 10:14) 
— poor and foolish (Jer. 5:4) — wise and foolish builders 
(Matt. 7:24-29)— foolish boasting (2 Cor.ll :16-28)— the 
seven sins of a fool (Titus 3 :3)— preaching the cross is fool- 
ishness to them that perish (1 Cor. 1:18) — God has made 
foolish the wisdom of the world (1 Cor. 1 :20) — by the fool- 
ishness of preaching believers are saved (1 Cor. 1:21) — • 
Christ crucified is foolishness to Greeks (1 Cor. 1:23) — the 
foolishness of God is wiser than men(l Cor.l :25) — God has 
chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the 
wise (1 Cor. 1:27) — Spiritual things are foolishness to 
the natural man (1 Cor. 2:14) — becoming a fool to be 
wise (1 Cor. 3:18) — worldly wisdom is foolishness with 
God (1 Cor. 3:19)— the foolish virgins (Matt. 25:2) — 
fool-judges (Job. 12:17) — shame is the fool's promotion 
(Prov. 3:35)— fools die for lack of wisdom (Job 10:21) 
— fools serve the wise (Prov. 11 :29) — the way of the fool 
is right in his own eyes (Prov. 12:15) — companion of 
fools to be destroyed (Prov. 13:20) — fools mock sin 
(Prov. 14:9) — the fool's price for wisdom (Prov. 17:16) 
— fools can understand the way of salvation, if they try 
(Isa. 35:8)- — fool-prophets (Hosea 9:7) — calling Chris- 
tian brethren fools (Matt. 5:22) — fools make the outside 
clean (Luke 11:39, 40) — fools try to feed their souls on 
corn (Luke 12:16-20) — fools are slow to believe (Luke 
24:25) — wise fools (Rom. 1:22) — fools reproach others 
(Psa. 39:8)— foolish shepherds (Zech. 11 :15)— foolish 
hearts darkened (Rom. 1:21) — instructing the foolish 
(Rom. 2:20) — foolish talking (Eph. 5:4) — foolish lusts 
(1 Tim. 6:9)— foolish questions (2 Tim. 2:23)— "put to 
silence the ignorance of foolish men" (1 Peter 2:15) — 
foolishness of fools (Prov. 14:24) — thoughts of foolish- 



ness is sin (Prov. 24:9) — foolishness comes out of the 
heart (Mark 7:21, 22). 

After any one acquaints himself with all the terrible 
things about fools as set forth in this book, and after fully 
knowing what constitutes a fool, he will never be one 
again, if he were before. 

To all who want to rise above the beggarly things of 
life, who want the true wisdom that comes down from 
above, who are striving not to be fools, any kind of a fool, 
this book is faithfully dedicated. 

—THE AUTHOR. 



ONE HUNDRED BIBLE WAYS 
TO BE A FOOL 



CHAPTER I 
ONE HUNDRED BIBLE WAYS TO BE A FOOL 

( 1 ) . A Fool by Stealing Away from Father-in-law. 

"Wherefore didst thou flee away secretly, and steal away 
from me ; and didst not tell me, that I might have sent 
thee away with mirth, and with songs, with tabret, and 
with harp? And hast not suffered me to kiss my sons 
and my daughters? thou hast now done foolishly in so 
doing" (Gen. 31:27, 28). 

This is the first tim.e a fool or a foolish thing is men- 
tioned in the Scriptures. In the eyes of the Lord, Jacob 
was not foolish, but to his father-in-law he was terrible. 
However, one is under great obligations to his parents-in- 
law, and should be dutiful as much as is reasonable. 

(2). A Fool for Being Perverse and Crooked. *'They 
have corrupted themselves; their spot is not the spot of 
His children: they are a perverse and crooked genera- 
tion. Do ye thus requite the Lord, O foolish people and 
unwise? Is not He thy father that hath bought thee? 
Hath He not made thee, and established thee?" (Deut. 
32:5, 6). 

The expression, ''Their spot is not the spot of His 
children", shows that by their perverseness and crooked- 
ness they did not have God's mark upon them. God's 
mark is shown by living a good life, a life acceptable to 
the Lord. The wicked by being bad show the mark of the 
Devil upon them. The remainder of the quotation shows 
that God made them, bought them, and established them, 
and they should be too grateful to be foolish in their 
living. 

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(3). A Fool for CfFering Burnt Offerings. "And Saul 
said, Bring hither a burnt offering to me, and peace offer- 
ing. And he offered the burnt offering. And it came to 
pass, that, as soon as he had made an end of offering the 
burnt offering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul went out 
to meet him, that he might salute him. And Samuel said, 
What hast thou done? And Saul said, Because I saw that 
the people were scattered from me, and thou camest not 
within the days appointed, and that the Philistines 
gathered themselves together at Michmash; therefore 
said I, the Philistines will come down upon me to Gilgal, 
and I have not made supplication unto the Lord : I forced 
myself, therefore, and offered a burnt offering. And 
Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast 
not kept the commandment of the Lord thy God, which 
He commanded thee; for now would the Lord have 
established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever" (1 Sam. 
13:9-13). 

Only a priest of the tribe of Levi had a right according 
to the law of Moses to offer sacrifices officially, but Saul 
was of the tribe of Benjamin, a king and not a priest, 
which disqualified him for priestly duties, and it was a 
grave sin for him to officiate at the altar. He was a fool 
for doing it, and for this foolish thing he lost his king- 
dom. We seldom know how much we lose by doing just 
one foolish thing. Saul had not learned the great lesson 
that God means what He says in His Word, and to dis- 
obey brings severe punishment. Many to-day have not 
learned that lesson. God's Word cannot be changed; 
His Word will never pass away (Matt. 24:35), and by it 
we shall be judged (Rom. 2:16), which makes it most 
imperative that we accept and live it just as it reads. If 



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Uzzah had done it that way, he would not have died the 
shameful death that he did. We should keep in mind 
that every time we take matters into our own hands, do- 
ing things as we think best, regardless of the Bible on 
that subject, we are FOOLS. The world is full of fools, 
because most of us do as we please regardless of the 
Bible, not considering the end of such disobedience. Let 
us be sure we do believe the Bible, every word of it, and 
then be as careful to obey it daily. 

(4). A Fool for Neglecting the Needy. ''And David 
heard in the wilderness that Nabal did shear his sheep. 
And David sent out ten young men; and David said unto 
the young men. Get you up to Carmel, and go to Nabal, 
and greet him in my name : and thus shall ye say to him 
that liveth in prosperity, Peace be both to thee, and peace 
be to thine house, and peace be unto all that thou hast. 
And now I have heard that thou hast shearers: now thy 
shepherds who were with us, we hurt them not, neither 
was there ought missing unto them, all the while they 
were in Carmel. Ask thy young men, and they will show 
thee. Wherefore let the young men find favor in thine 
eyes; for we come in a good day: give, I pray thee, what- 
soever Cometh to thine hand unto thy servants, and to thy 
son David. And when David's young men came, they 
spake to Nabal according to all those words in the name 
of David, and ceased. And Nabal answered David's ser- 
vants, and said, Who is David? and who is the son of 
Jesse? there be many servants now a days that break 
away every man from his master. Shall I then take my 
bread, and my water, and my flesh that I have killed for 
my shearers, and give it unto men, whom I know not 
whence they be? So David's young men turned their 



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way, and went again, and came and told him all those 
sayings. And David said unto his men, Gird ye on every 
man his sword. And they girded on every man his sword, 
and David also girded on his sword: and there went up 
after David about four hundred men; and two hundred 
abode by the stuff. But one of the young men told Abi- 
gail, Nabal's wife, saying. Behold, David sent messengers 
out of the wilderness to salute our master; and he railed 
on them. But the men were very good unto us, and we 
were not hurt, neither missed we anything, as long as we 
were conversant with them, when we were in the fields: 
they were a wall unto us both by night and day, all the 
while we were with them keeping the sheep. Now 
therefore know and consider what thou wilt do; for evil 
is determined against our master, and against all his 
household : for he is such a son of Belial, that a man can- 
not speak to him. Then Abigail made haste, and took two 
hundred loaves, and two bottles of wine, and five sheep 
ready dressed, and five measures of parched corn, and 
an hundred clusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of 
figs, and laid them on asses. And she said unto her ser- 
vants. Go on before me: behold, I come after you. But 
she told not her husband Nabal. And it was so, as she 
rode on the ass, that she came down by the covert of the 
hill, and behold, David and his men came down against 
her; and she met them. Now David had said, Surely in 
vain have I kept all that this fellow hath in the wilder- 
ness, so that nothing was missed of all that pertained 
unto him: and he hath requited me evil for good. So 
and more also do God unto the enemies of David, if I 
leave of all that pertain to him by the morning light any 
one *****. And when Abigail saw David, she hasted. 



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and lighted off the ass, and fell before David on her face, 
and bowed herself to the ground, and fell at his feet, and 
said, Upon me, my lord, upon me let this iniquity be; and 
let thine handmaid, I pray thee, speak in thine audience, 
and hear the words of thine handmaid. Let not my lord, 
I pray thee, regard this man of Belial, even Nabal : for as 
his name is, so is he (Nabal means ''fool") ; Nabal is his 
name, and folly is with him: but I thine handmaid saw 
not the young men of my lord, whom thou didst send. 
Now therefore, my lord, as the Lord liveth, and as thy 
soul liveth, seeing the Lord hath withheld thee from 
coming to shed blood, and from avenging thyself with 
thine own hand, now let thine enemies, and they that seek 
evil to my lord, be as Nabal" (1 Sam. 25:4-26). 

As stated before, the word ''Nabal" means "fool", 
and Abigail, his wife, said he was all his name implied. 
He refused to help the needy, those who were his friends, 
those who had befriended him. Also, according to one of 
his own servants, he was a most unreasonable man, one a 
person could not speak to, there being many of such peo- 
ple to-day, but all such are fools, according to this Scrip- 
ture. Some men are hard to approach, hard to talk to, so 
unreasonable they are, so rough, and they have no sym- 
pathy for those in need, but we shall not forget that all 
such are FOOLS, one hundred per cent FOOLS. 

(5). A Fool by Trying to Kill a Friend. "Then said 
Saul, I have sinned : return, my son David ; for I will no 
more do thee harm, because my soul was precious in 
thine eyes this day: behold, I have played the fool, and 
have erred exceedingly" (1 Sam. 26:21). 

No one ever has more than a dozen real friends in this 
world, and very few people have as many as one real 



16 ONE HUNDRED BIBLE WAYS TO. BE A FOOL 

friend, for a friend is one who will die for you, if it is 
necessary, and to whom you can tell every bad thing in 
your life, and never hear the echo of it. If you have ONE 
such friend, thank God the remainder of your life for him, 
do him all the good you can, and never do him the least 
hurt. Be his friend, too. According to Solomon, "To 
have friends, we must show ourselves friendly." David 
was the best friend Saul ever had, but Saul did not ap- 
preciate him, was afraid of him, and did everything in 
his power to kill him. Many people to-day are doing 
themselves the greatest possible injury by seeking and 
making opportunities to damage their friends. All such 
people are FOOLS, according to the Scripture under con- 
sideration. Indeed, a person is a fool in doing the least 
unkind thing to a friend. Take care of all your friends; 
you need them. Friends are worth more than money. 

(6). A Fool for Raping His Sister. "And Amnon said 
unto Tamar, Bring the meat into the chamber, that I may 
eat of thine hand. And Tamar took the cakes which she 
had made, and brought them into the chamber to Amnon 
her brother. And when she had brought them unto him 
to eat, he took hold of her, and said unto her. Come, lie 
with me, my sister. And she answered him. Nay, my 
brother, do not force me; for no such thing ought to be 
done in Israel: do not thou this folly. And I, whither 
shall I cause my shame to go? and as for thee, thou shalt 
be as one of the fools in Israel. Now therefore, I pray 
thee, speak unto the king; for he will not withhold me 
from thee. Howbeit, he would not hearken unto her 
voice; but, being stronger than she, forced her, and lay 
with her. Then Amnon hated her exceedingly; so that the 
hatred wherewith he hated her was greater than the love 



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wherewith he had loved her: and Amnon said unto her, 
Arise, be gone. And she said unto him. There is no cause : 
this evil in sending me away is greater than the other that 
thou didst unto me. But he would not hearken unto her. 
Then he called his servant that ministered unto him, and 
said. Put now this woman out from me, and bolt the door 
after her. And she had a garment of divers colors upon 
her: for with such robes were the king's daughters that 
were virgins apparelled. Then his servant brought her 
out, and bolted the door after her. And Tamar put ashes 
on her head, and rent her garment of divers colors that 
was on her, and laid her hand on her head, and went on 
crying. And Absalom her brother said unto her. Hath 
Amnon thy brother been with thee? But hold now thy 
peace, my sister: he is thy brother; regard not this thing. 
So Tamar remained desolate in her brother Absalom's 
house" (2 Sam. 13:10-20). 

This is one of the niost tragic things in history. This 
is one of the blights on human character that can never 
be removed, unless it is done by the blood of Jesus Christ, 
and by His matchless grace. To force any one is coward- 
ly, doggedly, so inhuman, but for a man to force his own 
sister, one so good, so humble, so wise as was Tamar 
certainly does make a black page in the books of crime. 
It makes the blood boil to read it hundreds of years after 
it occurred, and we do not wonder that her brother Ab- 
salom never rested till he was killed, though we do not 
believe it does a man any good to kill him, we do not 
believe in capital punishment. It is impossible to be a 
much worse FOOL than was Amnon. His name will be 
loathed at every remembrance of it. It is a stench in 
history. Every time we think of FOOL-AMNON our 



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blood gets hot but our sympathy for unfortunate Tamar 
follows her dust and ashes to the grave, and her weeping 
spirit into the realities of the unknown. 

(7). A Fool for Conspiring Against the King. **And 

one told David, saying, Ahithophel is among the con- 
spirators with Absalom. And David said, O Lord, I 
pray Thee, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolish- 
ness" (2 Sam. 15:31). Also, we shall read in the follow- 
ing the FOOL-COUNSEL of Ahithophel: "Then said Ab- 
salom to Ahithophel, Give counsel among you what we 
shall do. And Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Go in 
unto thy father's concubines, whom he hath left to keep 
the house; and all Israel shall hear that thou are abhor- 
red of thy father : then shall the hands of all that be with 
thee be strong. So they spread Absalom a tent upon the 
top of the house ; and Absalom went in unto his father's 
concubines in the sight of all Israel" (2 Sam. 16:20-22). 

The counsel of FOOL-AHITHOPHEL caused one of 
the most vulgar acts ever recorded in history. It would 
be hard to produce a more shameful thing. We just 
shudder at such a sin, and the end of such a beast certain- 
ly could not be a good one. We want you to read in the 
following what such a fool will do : *'And when Ahitho- 
phel saw that his counsel (later counsel) was not fol- 
lowed, he saddled his ass (that is what he was — a fool 
one at that), and arose, and gat him home to his house, 
to his city, and put his household in order, and hanged 
himself, and died, and was buried in the sepulchre of his 
father" (2 Sam. 17:23). 

There is but one regretable thing about the glorious 
(?)end of this FOOL, and that was, he was buried. He 
should have been eaten by the buzzards, and his bones 



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left to bleach upon the fields of forgetfulness. 

It is a great thing that he hanged himself, for that 
put him into the Judas class. There are some people who 
never will be as good as Judas, for they never will hang 
themselves as he did. If all such people would end their 
lives as Ahithophel and Judas did, it would put an end to 
their breaking other hearts. Yes, truly we commend both 
Ahithophel and Judas for killing themselves, but that is 
all the good we have to remember concerning them. 

(8). A Fool-King for Numbering the People. ''And 
David's heart smote him after that he had numbered the 
people. And David said unto the Lord, I have sinned 
greatly in that I have done: and now, I beseech Thee, O 
Lord, take away the iniquity of Thy servant; for I have 
done very foolishly" (2 Sam. 24:10). Read again: ''And 
David said unto God, I have sinned greatly, because 1 
have done this thing: but now, I beseech Thee, do away 
the iniquity of Thy servant; for I have done very fool- 
ishly" (1 Chron. 21:8). 

Kings are not supposed to make mistakes, they and 
some others think. Some even think they are infallible, 
but David confessed that he was a fool, had done foolish- 
ly. It is strength in one to realize his weakness, and to 
confess it, but very few do such things. David made more 
than one mistake, making some of the very worst, but he 
never failed to profit by them, never failed to be more 
careful in the future. If one acts the fool, and then lives 
better after, there is hope for him. 

(9). A Fool by Relying upon Human Strength, and 
not upon God. "And at that time Hanani the seer came 
to Asa the king of Judah, and said unto him, because thou 
hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the 



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Lord thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria 
escaped out of thine hand. Were not the Ethiopians and 
the Lubims a huge host, with very many chariots and 
horsemen? yet, because thou didst rely upon the Lord, 
He delivered them into thine hand. For the eyes of the 
Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show 
Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is per- 
fect toward Him. Herein thou hast done foolishly; there- 
fore from henceforth thou shalt have wars'' (2 Chron. 
16:7-9). 

There are but few people who are not fools for relying 
upon their own strength, or that of supposed friends, and 
God is seldom in one of their thoughts. Yes, for this one 
reason, for this very thing, the world is a mass of FOOLS. 
In the following we have the curse that is upon this class 
of FOOLS: 'Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that 
trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose 
heart departeth from the Lord" (Jer. 17:5). 

(10). A Fool- Wife for Asking Her Husband to Curse 
God and Die. 'Then said his wife unto him. Dost thou 
still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die. But he 
said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women 
speaketh. What! shall we receive good at the hand of 
God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did noo 
Job sin with his lips" (Job 2:9, 10). 

Many fool-wives have ruined great men, but Job was 
too strong thus to be tempted, thus to fall. His very name 
is immortal for his great strength in such times of testing. 
Anybody is a fool that will curse God or try to get others 
to do it. 

(11). A Fooi by Wrath. ''For wrath killeth the fool- 
ish man, and envy slayeth the silly one" (Job 5:2). "A 



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fool's wrath is presently known : but a prudent man cover- 
eth shame" (Prov. 12:16). "He that is soon angry deal- 
eth foolishly; and a man of wicked devices is hated" 
(Prov. 14:17). ''A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; 
but a fooFs wrath is heavier than them both" (Prov. 
27:3). 

All people who get mad easily, for nothing, are fools, 
according to the Scriptures just given, by which the world 
is again crowded with fools galore, without number. Get 
mad easily, and know you are a fool. 

(12). A Fool for Unjust Judgment. ''He leadeth coun- 
Sv^llors away spoiled, and maketh the judges fools" (Job 
12:17). 

Because a man is a judge in some high court does 
not mean that he is not one of the worst fools on earth, 
and his looking wise does not mean he is not a fool. He 
will be judged as he judges (Matt. 7:1, 2), and in that 
great day he will realize what a fool he was in this world. 

(13). A Fool by Being Vile and Base. 'They were 
children of fools, yea, children of base men; they were 
viler than the earth" (Job 30:8). 

Base and vile people think they are the "high-ups" in 
this world, that they are the greatest people on earth, but 
when the searchlight of the judgment is turned upon 
them, they will realize when too late that they have 
never been anything but fools. It richly pays to be clean 
in body, soul, and spirit. If you are vile or base, just 
know that you are a FOOL. 

(14). A Fool for Saying There is no God. "The fool 
hath said in his heart. There is no God. They are cor- 
rupt; they have done abominable works; there is none 
that doeth good" (Psa. 14:1). "The fool hath said in 



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his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have 
done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good" 
(Psa. 53:1). 

Men like Bob Ingersol and others who say, There is 
no God, are respected by being called by the soft and 
modest name "Infidel", but they should not be shown 
this respect, they should be called FOOLS, the name God 
gave to them, for they are nothing less. 

(15). A Fool for not Understanding the Greatness of 
God, and that He Should Be Praised with Instrumental 
Music. *'It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, 
and to sing praises unto Thy name, O most High: to show 
forth Thy lovingkindness in the morning, and Thy faith- 
fulness every night, upon an instrument of ten strings, 
and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn 
sound. For thou. Lord, hast made me glad through Thy 
work; I will triumph in the works of Thy hands. O Lord, 
how great are Thy works! and Thy thoughts are very 
deep. A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool 
understand" (Psa. 92:1-6). 

Many do not comprehend at all the greatness of God, 
and they think it very sinful to praise Him with instru- 
mental music, but the Bible teaches that all such people 
are FOOLS. Many fools have raised trouble, divided 
churches, sent many to the Devil by making trouble over 
instrumental music, by objecting to the saints praising 
God with it. There are so many FOOLS that we just 
have to wonder where are the wise. 

(16). A Fool for not Being Wise. ''Understand, ye 
brutish among the people; and, ye fools, when will ye be 
wise?" (Psa. 94:8). ''The lips of the righteous feed 
many: but fools die for want of wisdom" (Prov. 10:21). 



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"Wisdom is too high for a fool : he openeth not his mouth 
in the gate" (Prov. 24 :7) . 

Hear James tell us how to have wisdom. ''If any of 
you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, That giveth to all 
men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given 
him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he 
that wavereth is like a wave of the sea, driven with the 
wind and tossed" (Jas. 1:5, 6). If a man is a fool, it is 
because he wants to be, because he does not ask God for 
wisdom after having put himself in proper relation to God 
by accepting Christ. 

(17). A Fool by Transgression, for Iniquities, for Ab- 
horring all Manner of Meats, and by Drawing Near the 
Gates of Death. 'Tools, because of their transgression, 
and because of their iniquities, are afflicted : their soul 
abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near the 
gates of death" (Psa. 107:17, 18). 

These are threefold FOOLS. They are fools by trans- 
gressing, and by iniquities; they are fools for abhorring 
all kinds of meat, thinking it is sinful to eat meat; and 
they are fools for drawing near the gates of death, by 
endangering themselves, by taking chances. Fools ex- 
periment with all kinds of sinful things, thinking they are 
strong enough to resist and not allow them to become 
habits, and are ruined before they know it. 

(18). A Fool for Despising Wisdom and Instruction. 
''The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but 
fools despise wisdom and instruction" (Prov. 1:7). 

You cannot teach some people. They despise instruc- 
tion; they despise wisdom. They are fools. A person 
who refuses to be taught by a capable teacher does not 
deserve the least sympathy, and should be left to his fol- 



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\y and ignorance. Such people never amount to anything. 
"Makers of History" seek instruction, and daily pray for 
wisdom. Ignorance and fools mean the same thing, for 
any one can acquire great stores of information, if he 
desires it and tries. 

(19). A Fool for Hating Knowledge. *'How long, ye 
simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners de- 
light in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge" (Prov. 
1:22)? 

This at first thought seems to be like the one given 
above and there is similarity, but also there is a great dif- 
ference. One can despise instruction to the extent that 
he will not be instructed, but in "hating knowledge" it 
can be hated in others as well as in self. In other words, 
knowledge wherever found is hated by FOOLS. It is a 
terrible thing when a man is disliked because he is well 
informed, but that is how he is treated by FOOLS. 

(20). A Fool by not Having an Understanding Heart. 
"O ye simple, understand wisdom, and, ye fools, be ye of 
an understanding heart" (Prov. 8:5). 

Not being able to understand is one of the most unfor- 
tunate things in all the world, but this reprobate condi- 
tion comes upon some by wilful sin, as in the following: 
"And even as they did not like to retain God in their 
knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to 
do those things which are not convenient" (Rom. 1:28). 
A reprobate is unable to discern between bad and good, 
right and wrong, which means he is ever a fool after God 
throws him away. It does not pay not to desire God, not 
to want to know Him, for God will throw such a person 
away quickly. He never fails to do it. 



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(21). A Fool for Being a LOUD TALKER, "A foolish 
woman is clamorous; she is simple, and knoweth nothing" 
(Prov. 9:13). 

Truly cultured people, high class people, good people, 
are not loud talkers. To them loud talking is repulsive, 
so trying on their nerves, and they try to remain away 
from those who do it that way. Not only does real cul- 
ture cry out against clamorous speech, but you see here 
that God calls such people FOOLS, and He certainly 
means what He has said on the subject. God here classes 
ignorance, knowing nothing, with loud talking, and the 
combination is well made. Therefore, if we desire to ad- 
vertise our own ignorance and at the same time evidence 
the fact that we are fools, we can do it by being clamor- 
ous, from which may the good God of heaven save us. 

(22). A Fool by Prating. 'The wise in heart will re- 
ceive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall" (Prov. 
10:8). ''He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow; 
but a prating fool shall fall" (Prov. 10:10). 

A "prater" is one who just talks, talks, and talks all 
the time and says nothing. "Stem-winding talkers", those 
who just chatter and prattle all day long generally just 
"beat the air" and say nothing, but it is so restful to all 
around when they are asleep or dead. We should not for- 
get that God says "A prater is a FOOL." 

(23). A Fool by a Bad Mouth Near to Destruction. 
"Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the fool- 
ish is near destruction" (Prov. 10:14). 

A bad mouth, a black tongue, a foul mouth is one of 
the worst things this world ever had to contend with, and 
all creation is full of them. A FOOL just talks and says 
such bad things that his life is continually in danger, 



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making him near death all the time. It certainly is bad to 
be a FOOL. 

(24). A Fool by Uttering Slander. ''He that hideth 
hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth slander is a 
fool" (Prov. 10:18). 

When God says it is a FOOL that uttereth slander, it 
does seem that people would realize it and never say one 
word that would make life harder for another. Telling 
slanderous things never reformed one transgressor, and 
for that reason he is not helped, but by not telling it a way 
remains by which to teach him, to lift him, to save him. 
That minute you tell a slanderous thing about any one 
you have lost all opportunity to help him. After that he 
never will hear you, but will avoid you as he would a 
barrel of rattlesnakes, for you are more dangerous to him 
than the snakes could possibly be. We trust that every 
one who reads these lines will get down upon his knees 
and look into the face of that God Who said a slanderer 
is a FOOL, and promise Him that never again will he ever 
become a fool by uttering slander. The FOOL is just as 
mean as is the ADULTERER, and you are a fool if you 
utter slander. 

(25) . A Fool for Getting Sport out of Mischief. 'It is 
as sport to a fool to do mischief : but a man of understand- 
ing hath wisdom" (Prov. 10:23). 

Some people seem never to be happy unless they are 
in some mischief, that being their sport, but all such peo- 
ple are fools, big fools. Persons with a worthwhile pur- 
pose in life never waste their time in doing mischievous 
things. 

(26). A Fool by Proclaiming Foolishness. "A prudent 
man concealeth knowledge : but the heart of fools pro- 



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claimeth foolishness" (Prov. 12:23). ''The crown of the 
wise is their riches: but the foolishness of fools is folly" 
(Prov. 14:24). 'The tongue of the wise useth knowledge 
aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness" 
(Prov. 15 :2) . "Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor 
jesting, which are not convenient: but rather of giving of 
thanks" (Eph. 5:4). 

A fool is known by his foolishness. A man with a 
Christian purpose has no time for foolish talking, for he 
remembers that in the judgment he has to account for 
every idle word. See Matt. 12:36. 

(27). A Foot by Laying Open His Folly. "Every pru- 
dent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open 
his folly" (Prov. 13:16). 

A FOOL daily advertises his folly, thinking it is 
smartness, but wise people see it from another angle. God 
calls such people FOOLS, and we believe He knows. 

There is more Scripture concerning this kind of a 
fool. Read it: "Answer not a fool according to his folly, 
lest thou also be like unto him. Answer a fool according 
to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit" (Prov. 
26:4, 5). "As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool 
returneth to his folly" (Prov. 26:11). 

As much as is possible a fool should not be answered 
according to his folly, for it puts one down upon a com- 
mon level with him, but there are times when he must be 
answered according to his folly "to take the starch out of 
him", to use a common expression. 

(28). A Fool by Thinking It is an Abomination To 
Depart from Evil. "The desire accomplished is sweet to 
the soul : but it is an abomination to fools to depart from 
evil" (Prov. 13:19). 



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From this we learn that fools think it is all right to 
sin, and they think people very ordinary if they will not 
do mean and dirty things. When any one tells you that it 
is all right to do any sinful thing, just remember that God 
calls that person a fool, and that he should be avoided, 
for he is very dangerous. 

(29). A Fool by Plucking Down Houses Built by the 
Wise. ''Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the 
foolish plucketh it down with her hands" (Prov. 14:1). 

Wise people are builders, doing constructive work, 
work that will last throughout the years, but there are 
fools in every community who glory in tearing down the 
good work of the righteous. Every man who would say 
one damaging word about a good person is a fool, accord- 
ing to this Scripture. 

(30). A Fool by Having a Rod of Pride in the Mouth. 
''In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips 
of the wise shall preserve them" (Prov. 14:3). 

"A rod of pride in the mouth" is a peculiar statement, 
yet it expresses a wonderful thought, doing it as no other 
expression might do it. God knows how to say the best 
things in the best ways. This expression shows the per- 
son, the fool, not only to be proud, but he possesses that 
spirit to drive others, to whip them around with his lash- 
like tongue. The world is certainly full of that kind of 
fools. We see and hear them every day. 

(31). A Fool by not Having the Lips of Knowledge. 
"Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou per- 
ceivest not in him the lips of knowledge" (Prov. 14:7). 

This kind of a fool never instructs others by his con- 
versation. He has no knowledge to impart, or he talks 
other things, and does not impart it. There are many 



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well informed people who might be very instructive, but 
they are so filled with foolishness, are such fools, that 
they talk things which edify not. From such FOOLS God 
says we should go, as they waste our time, and quickly 
lower our standard of living. 

(32). A Fool by Mocking at Sin. ''Fools make a mock 
at sin: but among the righteous there is favor" (Prov. 
14:9). 

To mock at sin means to condone it, to like it, to love 
it, and to do it. God says such people are fools. There is 
but one way to fully overcome sin, and that is to hate it 
enough to throw all the life against it. 

(33). A Fool by Deceit. 'The wisdom of the prudent 
is to understand his ways: but the folly of fools is deceit" 
(Prov. 14:8). 

Go to the ends of the earth to keep out of the way of a 
deceitful person, if there is no other way to avoid him. 
Make friends with snakes, anything under the sun, ex- 
cept with a deceitful, lying soul, for there is no way of 
telling the harm one such person can do another. Frank- 
ness, and not deceit, is what honest people want. They 
are afraid of FOOLS. 

(34). A Fool by Being a Confident Rager. "A wise 
man f eareth, and departeth from evil : but the fool rag- 
eth, and is confident" (Prov. 14:16). 

All of us have heard FOOLS rage. All raging is done 
by FOOLS. Intelligent people may be ever so provoked, 
but, if they are Christians, they never RAGE. Calmly they 
express themselves, meaning what they say, but raging is 
as far from such people as the sun is from the moon. They 
simply do not do it. RAGERS should be colonized, and 
allowed to rage themselves to death out where decent 



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people do not have to be annoyed by their foolism. 
(35). A Fool by Despising Father's Instruction. '*A 

fool despiseth his father's instruction : but he that regard- 
eth reproof is prudent" (Prov. 15:5). 

So few children these days regard their parents at all. 
They soon think they know far more than they do. Re- 
gardless of how brilliant a child may be, his parents have 
had experience that he needs, and he is a FOOL, if he 
does not seek and appreciate it. Parents, however, are 
largely to blame for the way they are treated by their 
children. The right one is not boss, whatever that word 
means. 

(36). A fool by Not Dispersing Knowledge. 'The lips 
of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the 
foolish doeth not so" (Prov. 15:7). 

We are indebted to others; we do not live just for 
ourselves. We should make the world wiser and better 
by our having lived in it, and it can be done by dispersing 
knowledge. Each one, in a way, should be a teacher, 
helping others to understand the great things of life. 

(37). A Fool by Feeding on Foolishness. 'The heart 
of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but 
the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness" (Prov. 15:14). 

It is bad enough when one lives to eat, but far worse 
when he lives on foolishness. However, some seem to 
thrive on such food. They seek it as the hog does the 
acorn, and are never filled, never satisfied, if they do not 
find it. If we eat foolishness, naturally enough we are 
FOOLS. A genuine fool would certainly suffer sitting at 
the feet of Plato. 

(38). A Fool by Despising Mother. ''A wise son mak- 



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eth a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother" 
(Prov. 15:20). 

Of all the fools among fools, this is one of the worst. 
When a son or daughter despises mother, that soul is not 
fit to live in this or in any other world. Mother may be 
ever so poor, ever so homely, speak the poorest of English, 
but there is no other in all the world like mother. Read 
the following from the SUNSHINE MESSENGER: 

"If she smiles when things go wrong 
Or lifts her voice in praiseful song. 
It's mother. 

If she's patient all the day, 
Kind and good in every way. 
It's mother. 

If only one can sympathize, 
When all the rest just criticise, 
It's mother. 

If her prayers ascend each day, 
That son or daughter may not stray. 
It's mother. 

If I might choose from all the world, 
I'd choose just one — that sweet old girl. 
My mother." 

(39). A Fool by Thinking Instruction is Folly. "Un- 
derstanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: 
but the instruction of fools is folly" (Prov. 16:22). 

Fools do not think that instruction should be given to 
any one, and they certainly will not receive it. It is such 
a terrbile thing to be a fool, and worse to be one and not 
know it. 



32 ONE HUNDRED BIBLE WAYS TO BE A FOOL 

(40). A Fool by Not Using Excellent Speech. "Excel- 
lent speech becometh not a fool; much less do lying lips 
a prince" (Prov. 17:7). 

Not many look well to their language to see that it is 
correct. We know a man holding four University degrees, 
a highly educated man, but he continues to study gram- 
mars and other English books by various authors, priding 
himself in the beautiful and correct English which he 
uses. Here God commends such, and calls anyone a fool 
who does not use ''excellent speech." It will be a happy 
day when all realize that it is really sinful to use incorrect 
language. Do you say It cannot be sinful, that it is not? 
Well, God just called a man a FOOL who does not use 
excellent speech. 

(41). A Fool for Not Profiting by Correction. ''A re- 
proof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred 
stripes into a fool" (Prov. 17:10). 

It is such a pity to be so little that when a mistake is 
made correction is not acceptable. There are many peo- 
ple whom you must never tell their imperfections, for if 
you do, they retort with some mean thing about you, if 
they have to imagine it, which generally they do. A 
strong and wise person takes reprimand kindly, thanks 
you, and profits by it. They are very few in this world. 
The average person gets mad, but God says he is a FOOL. 

(42). A Fool by Having Worse Than a Bear-Spirit to 
Injure Others. ''Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a 
man, rather than a fool in his folly" (Prov. 17:12). 

You do not have to be a close observer to see the bear 
in a fool. The pity of it is, God here shows the fool to be 
much worse than the meanest, most angry bear, the bear 
robbed of her whelps, the bear ready to die to rescue her 



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own. However, it is not overdrawn, for God never does 
such a thing. The fool is simply more bear than is the 
bear. 

(43). A Fool for Having no Heart to Get Wisdom. 
^'Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get 
wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it" (Prov. 17:16) ? 

This kind of a fool is lacking in desire for wisdom. He 
is prefectly satisfied in his ignorance, in his lack of wis- 
dom, and will not pay the least price for it. To him wis- 
dom has no value. 

(44). A Fool by Having His Eyes in the Ends of the 
Earth, Looking far Away for Better Things, and not Using 
Near-by Opportunities. ''Wisdom is before him that hath 
understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of 
the earth" (Prov. 17:24). 

Fools are always looking for the gold at the other 
end of the rainbow. They are restless, never settled, run- 
ning from pillar to post, as the saying goes, ever believing 
it is better elsewhere, and they never use the golden op- 
portunities all around them. Yes, God calls them FOOLS. 
Use the opportunities near you, and those far away will 
come to you. 

(45) . A Fool by not Holding His Peace. ''Even a fool 
when he holdeth his peace is counted wise; and he that 
shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding" 
(Prov. 17:28). 

A fool is not a peaceable character. He is a peace- 
breaker. He does not know what it means to be treated 
wrongfully and keep his mouth shut. He explodes like a 
bombshell to the disturbing of the whole community, 
whereas a wise man may be maltreated, but the commun- 
ity seldom hears of it, for he does not talk much. Jesus 



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said: ''Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be 
called the children of God" (Matt. 5:9). God's children 
are peacemakers, and fools are peace-breakers. There is 
a big difference between the two classes. Peter is very ex- 
pressive on this subject: 'Tor he that would love life, and 
see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and 
his lips that they speak no guile: let him eschew (hate) 
evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it" 
(1 Peter 3 :10, 11). We are happy that he speaks here of 
"ensuing peace", for if he had said, "pursue peace", we 
would think of one's running after something far ahead of 
him, as a dog pursues a rabbit, but to "ensue peace", one 
is not running after that which is in the distance, but he 
is living IN PEACE. 

(46). A Fool by not Delighting in Understanding. "A 
fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart 
may discover itself" (Prov. 18:2). 

Delighting in understanding is just to love it, want it, 
so hunger for it that any price is paid to obtain it. Parents 
should begin early teaching their children to love under- 
standing, to put forth every effort to acquire it, and in 
this way many would be saved from being fools. How- 
ever, there are some born fools, and it is impossible to 
create in them a desire for understanding. You cannot 
educate a stick, you can a terrapin, but not a STICK. 
When a person really and truly wants an education, there 
are not enough devils in all the universe to prevent his 
getting it. He may have to work on the farm or in the 
store sixteen hours a day, and read two hours late in the 
night by a pine-knot fire, but he will get his education. 
He is wise, but others are FOOLS. 

(47). A Fool by Being Contentious, Whose Mouth 



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Calleth for Strokes. '*A fool's lips enter into contention, 
and his mouth calleth for strokes" (Prov. 18:6). 

If there ever was a nuisance in all of the world, it is a 
contentious person, one that will so provoke by his con- 
tentions that he causes fights. The world is full of such 
fools, and God in calling them by that name did not fail 
to express just what they are. A man in the lower regions 
would not be much worse off than the poor, unfortunate 
mortal, who has to live daily with a contentious com- 
panion. 

(48). A Fool by Using His Mouth to His Own De- 
struction. *'A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips 
are the snare of his soul" (Prov. 18:7). 

There have been hundreds and thousands of divorce 
cases and there will be as many more, all due to the fact 
that one of the two talked his or her fool-self into ruina- 
tion, to the everlasting disgust of the other. Sometimes 
a husband actually slanders his own innocent wife, and a 
God-forsaken wife slanders her innocent husband until 
he becomes so everlastingly disgusted that he loathes 
her, and cannot divorce her fast enough. That is being a 
fool to his or her destruction, and there are many other 
ways to bring about the same results. 

(49). A Fool by Having Perverse Lips, by Crossing 
Everybody Else. ''Better is the poor that walketh in his 
integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a 
fool" (Prov. 19:1). 

This kind of a fool will argue for the wrong side just 
to be perverse or different from others. May our dear 
Lord pity such nuisances, such unbearable FOOLS. 

(50). A Fool by Fretting Against the Lord. ''The 



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foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart 
fretteth against the Lord" (Prov. 19:3). 

To this kind of a fool it is either too wet, too dry, or he 
is too poor, or too something else, and he blames God for 
it all. You do not have to search much to find some FOOL 
grumbling at the way God does things. 

(51). A Fool Because Delight is Not Seemly to Him. 
^'Delight is not seemly to a fool; much less for a servant 
to have rule over princes" (Prov. 19:10). 

A fool delights in nothing good; life is nothing to him; 
he is a time-waster. 

(52). A Fool by Meddling. 'It is an honor for a man 
to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling" 
(Prov. 20:3). The following story is timely here:'' 'Stop 
sniffling, little boy. Can't you do something with your 
nose?' the austere old lady asked on the crowded street 
car. 'Yes'm', returned the lad politely, 'I can keep it out 
of other folks' business'." 

There are many who do not know how to keep out of 
other people's business, but all such, according to God's 
Word, are FOOLS. A busy man will find that it will take 
all of his time to attend to half of his own business, and 
the other half is never attended to, which means he has 
KG time to look after the business of others. 

(53). A Fool by Being a Spend-Thrift. "There is 
treasure to be desired, and oil in the dwelling of the wise : 
but a foolish man spendeth it up" (Prov. 21:20). 

Did you ever hear of a spendthrift fool? Do you 
think there are many of them? The woods are full of 
them. If all the wasted money of this world were used to 
feed, clothe, and educate orphans, they would be the 
most fortunate people of the earth, parents or no parents. 



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Just think of all the money wasted in tobacco, strong 
drink, fountain-drinks, and for so many other useless 
things being thrown away daily. However, a spendthrift 
is one who ''blows his money", as the saying goes. God 
says ''He is a FOOL." 

(54). A Fool by Foolishness Bound in the Heart. 
^'Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child ; but the rod 
of correction shall drive it far from him" (Prov. 22:15). 

This is a born-fool, which is very unfortunate, but we 
are happy that wise punishment can drive it out of his 
heart while he is yet a child. We have so many grown-up 
fools because they are never corrected by the rod. People 
believe now in growing fools instead of using the rod. 

(55). A Fool by Thinking Foolishness. "The thought 
of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to 
men" (Prov. 24:9). Hear Solomon again along this same 
line: "For as he thinketh in his hearty so is he" (Prov. 
23:7). 

If a man is what he thinks, and he thinks foolishness, 
then he is a fool. It is such a pity that any one will make 
himself a FOOL by thinking foolishness, when there are 
so many good and lovely things about which to think. 
Paul in the following tells us what to think: "Finally, 
brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things 
are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things 
are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things 
are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be 
any praise, think on these things" (Phil. 4 :8). Thinking on 
these beautiful things does not make fools. Jesus tells us 
about the thoughts of fools: "But those things which pro- 
ceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart (from 
thinking) ; and they defile the man. For out of the heart 



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proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, 
thefts, false witness, blasphemies: these are the things 
which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands de- 
fileth not a man" (Matt. 15:18-20). We feel confident 
now that you well understand how one makes himself a 
fool by thinking about rotten things. 

(56). A Fool for not Liking Honor. ''As snow in sum- 
mer, and as rain in harvest, so honor is not seemly for a 
fool" (Prov. 26:1). ''As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, 
so is he that giveth honor to a fool" (Prov. 26:8). 

Some people are so dishonorable that they loathe 
honor. You cannot bestow honor upon a fool, for it makes 
him a bigger fool. We have seen honor thrust upon fools, 
and they became worse than Judas, if such is possible, 
for they have not as yet hanged themselves. 

(57). A Fool by Making Unsafe a Message in His 
Care. "He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool, 
cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage" (Prov. 26:6). 

Never trust a message nor a secret to a fool, for if you 
do, you suffer all kinds of broken legs and damages. If 
there is anything worse than a fool, it is fools. 

(58). A Fool By Not. Being Able To Use Parables. 
"The legs of the lame are not equal; so is a parable in 
the mouth of fools" (Prov. 26:7). "As a thorn goeth up 
into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth 
of fools" (Prov. 26:9). 

The use of parables is one of the highest, noblest, and 
sublimest ways of presenting thoughts, but the method is 
too high for fools. To use parables, one must exercise his 
mind in the highest channels of thinking, but the fool 
does not do that, he spends all of his time thinking fool- 
ishness. 



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(59). A Fool Because Foolishness Cannot Be Beaten 
Out of Him. ''Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mor- 
tar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness 
depart from him" (Prov. 27:22). 

When a man is beaten all to pieces as is represented 
here, and his foolishness yet remains, he is one hopeless 
case, and we wonder not that God calls him a fool. There 
are just such people, those that all manner of punishment 
can never reform. 

(60) . A Fool by Trusting in His Own Heart. 'He that 
trusteth in his own heart is a fool : but whoso walketh 
wisely, he shall be delivered" (Prov. 28:26). 

This kind of a fool is what is known as a "know-all" 
man, a very hopeless case. He is almost beyond redemp- 
tion. He has the "big head" and is a nuisance to all whom 
he meets. He thinks what he does not know is not worth 
knowing and, as mentioned in Job, he thinks that when he 
is dead, wisdom will also be dead. This is one of the 
largest classes of fools we have in all the world. They are 
on all the street corners — everywhere. They regard neither 
God nor man. They cannot be instructed, cannot be 
helped in any way. It would not even do any good to kill 
them, for they would be just as big fools after as before. 
See Ecle. 9:3. Such fools think that their duty is to in- 
struct others, though they know nothing to impart. We 
have been compelled to listen to such when it was very 
discomforting, most ruinous to our digestive organs, but 
courtesy compelled us to hear them. We were glad when 
we were freed from such boredom. 

(61). A Fool by Being a Nuisance to Others. "If a 
wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage 
or laugh, there is no rest" (Prov. 29:9). 



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To be a pest to everybody you meet is one of the 
worst things that can come to one in this life, and that is 
what this kind of a fool is. No one wants to see him, 
wants to be with him, wants to have anything to do with 
him. He is in a bad plight, pitifully so. 

(62). A Fool by Uttering All of His Mind. "A fool 
uttereth all his mind : but a wise man keepeth it in till 
afterwards" (Prov. 29:11). ''For a dream cometh 
through the multitude of business; and a fool's voice is 
known by multitude of words" (Ecle. 5:3). ''A fool also 
is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be: and 
what shall be after him, who can tell him" (Ecle. 10 :14) ? 

The wiser and more cultured one is, the less he talks, 
but when he does speak he has something to say. It is 
not so with a ''rattle-box fool", for he talks all the time, a 
"stem-winder", as the saying goes, and says nothing when 
he talks. A fool talks too much to have time to think. It 
is hard for some to realize that the time ever comes when 
"silence is golden." 

(63). A Fool by Being Unbearable When Filled With 
Meat. "For three things the earth is disquieted, and for 
four which it cannot bear: for a servant when he reign- 
eth; and a fool when he is filled with meat" (Prov. 30 :21, 
22). 

If a fool is nice and courteous at all, it is to get his fill 
of what he wants, and after that he shows the FOOL that 
he is. We have seen many such fools. 

(64). A Fool by Pride and Evil Thinking. "If thou 
hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou hast 
thought evil, lay thine hand upon thy mouth" (Prov. 
30:32). 

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for evil thinking, but here we have the ''two-in-one fool", 
both proud and rotten in his thoughts, making him one of 
the very worst of fools. 

(65). A Fool by Walking in Darkness. ''The wise 
man's eyes are in his head, but the fool walketh in dark- 
ness: and I myself perceived also that one event happen- 
eth to them all" (Ecle. 2:14). 

In the following Jesus tells us why some walk in dark- 
ness: "And this is the condemnation, that Light is come 
into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, 
because their deeds were evil" (Jno. 3:19). 

All fools are wicked and all the wicked are fools, so 
all are lovers of darkness. The Christian life is the only 
kind on earth that will bear the test of the light, that will 
dare live and thrive in the light. Paul in speaking of the 
works of Christ and Christianity, said : "This thing was 
not done in a corner" (Acts 26:26). There is nothing in 
Christianity that has to be lived under cover. It thrives 
in darkness or in light, and it is the only thing that does. 

(66) . A Fool by Mixing Wisdom, Madness, and Folly. 
"And I turned myself to behold wisdom, and madness, 
and folly : for what can the man do that cometh after the 
king? even that which hath been already done. Then I 
saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth 
darkness. Then said I in my heart, As it happeneth to the 
fool, so it happeneth even unto me: and .why was I then 
wise? Then I said in my heart, that this also is vanity" 
(Ecle. 2:12, 13, 15). 

We cannot serve God and mammon, but fools try to 
mix wisdom, madness, and folly, although the combina- 
tion is poisonous, dangerous, and deathly. They will not 
work together. We must be either good or bad. 



42 ONE HUNDRED BIBLE WAYS TO BE A FOOL 

(67). A Feci for Laziness and Eating His Own Flesh. 

''The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own 
flesh" (Ecle. 4:5). 

The world has never had a place for a lazy man. 
When a person is so everlastingly lazy that he v^ill eat 
his own flesh before he will work and earn a living, he is 
a fool too big for the Devil to make him feel at home in 
outer darkness, for Satan works, and we may rest assured 
that there is no place prepared for him in that home 
above by Him ''Who went about doing good." 

(68). A Fool-King Who Will Not Be Admonished. 
"Better is a poor and wise child than an old and foolish 
king, who will no more be admonished" (Ecle. 4:13). 

We are not surprised when ordinary people refuse 
admonition, but we are when a king is such a big fool 
that he thinks he knows it all, is thoroughly conceited, 
and no man is allowed to advise him. He is no longer 
worthy of being a ruler of the people — HE IS A FOOL. 

(69). A Fool by Thinking He is Sinless. "Keep thy 
foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more 
ready to hear than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they 
consider not that they do evil" (Ecle. 5:1). 

If a person is a FOOL when he thinks he is SINLESS, 
the whole world is abloom with fools in this year of our 
Lord nineteen hundred twenty-nine, for myriads are claim- 
ing that very thing, and those who do not openly say they are 
sinless believe it, because you dare not tell one of them 
that he has made a mistake, if you do not care to be in- 
sulted. Hear John on the SINLESS ONES: "If we say that 
we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not 
in us" (1 Jno. 1 :8). John here was speaking of Christians, 
including himself, saying all are deceived and liars, if 



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they claim to be sinless. Only FOOLS, God teaches us, 
say they do no evil. Listen carefully a few days, and you 
will hear the voice of a fool. 

(70). A Fool by Being in the House of Mirth. 'The 
heart of the wise is in the house of mourning: but the 
heart of fools is in the house of mirth" (Ecle. 7 :4) . 

The house of mirth is where they play all kinds of 
games, play cards and a hundred and one other games, 
drink wines, gamble, have a good time, ''just passing 
away the time", but God says such people are FOOLS. 
Hear God again on this subject: "Neither be ye idolaters, 
as were some of them (Old Testament Israel in the wild- 
erness) ; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and 
drink, and rose up to play" (1 Cor. 10:7). Here God re- 
primanded His people for eating His food, drinking His 
water, and then rising up to play, to use His strength thus 
given just "to pass away the time." In our day the 
churches have been turned into places to play, the whole 
world is now a "play-ground", and just as surely as we 
live we are growing a large crop of FOOLS, grieving God, 
for people generally are losing interest in the Church 
bought by the blood of Jesus Christ, and PARENTS ARE 
BLAMABLE FOR IT. If they send their children to some 
Bible School, they are instructed not to remain for 
church-service, telling them that two hours is too long 
for them to be at church, as they will get so tired, and 
thus they are making the Bible School, hitherto one of 
the best feeders the Church ever had, the greatest enemy 
of the Church. If your child is not to remain at Church 
but one hour, in the name of the God of heaven Who 
purchased the Church with the blood of His Son (Acts 
20:28) let that hour be the worshipful hour, the regular 



44 ONE HUNDRED BIBLE WAYS TO BE A FOOL 

service, for otherwise your child will never know the 
benefits bestowed by the Church of our God. 

Do please remember that if fun, mirth, a good time, 
much playing is what you want, what you have, you, ac- 
cording to GOD, are a FOOL, a big FOOL, a hundred per 
cent FOOL. God pity all such, we pray. 

(71). A Fool by Singing Bad Songs. 'It is better to 
hear the rebuke of the v^ise, than for a man to hear the 
song of fools" (Ecle. 7:5). 

Christians sing only such songs or hymns as praise the 
Lord, and not for their lives would they defile their 
mouths with dirty songs, but fools delight in singing just 
that kind all of the time. Every time you hear any one, 
man or woman, sing any song not worshipful, just remem- 
ber God says that person is a FOOL. 

(72). A Fool by Displeasing Laughter. 'Tor as the 
crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the 
fool: this also is vanity" (Ecle. 7:6). 

No one can do a more lovely thing than to smile or 
laugh in a genuine way, a Christian way, but the laugh of 
a fool is one of the most empty, most disgusting things in 
all the world. You can hear a fool laugh two blocks 
away. Loud laughing (or talking) and a fool go together. 
Such fools are greatly in evidence, thinking their noise 
commends them to others, but it certainly does not to cul- 
tured people. 

(73). A Fool by Resting Anger in the Bosom, by 
Holding Malice. ''Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: 
for anger resteth in the heart of fools" (Ecle. 7:9). 

There are people who hold malice for years and years, 
never forgiving till frightened into it by death, which is 
not genuine, but, according to God, they are FOOLS, and 



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we feel sure that He knows. The heart of this kind of a 
fool is the home of wrath, of malice, and he would be 
miserable if he were at peace with everybody. We trust 
our readers will make a self-examination here, and if 
they find they are harboring malice in their hearts against 
others, that they will know they are fools in God's sight, 
and forgive every enemy at once, be fools no longer, 

(74) . A Fool by a Left (wrong) Heart. ''A wise man's 
heart is at his right hand; but a fool's heart at his left" 
(Ecle. 10:2). 

The ''left" here represents the wrong kind of a heart, 
a sin-filled heart, a heart that deviseth meanness, a heart 
always averse to every good thing and to all good people. 
It is a FOOL'S heart. 

(75). A Fool by Saying All Others Are Fools. "Yea 
also, when he that is a fool walketh by the way, his wis- 
dom faileth him, and he saith to every one that he is a 
fool" (Ecle. 10:3). 

This kind of a fool has much company, for the major- 
ity of people are so everlastingly conceited that they 
think all others are fools. When one looks through black 
glasses, the whole bright, sunny world is "outer dark- 
ness", and a fool sees nothing but fools. As soon as a per- 
son tells us what he thinks of others in general, we have 
his number then and there. 

(76). A Fool by Swallowing Up Self, by Thinking 
Too Much of Self. "The words of a wise man's mouth are 
gracious: but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself" 
(Ecle. 10:12). 

Before this we found one a fool, because he was too 
lazy to work and ate his own flesh, but the fool under 
consideration here is so conceited that he swallows him- 



46 ONE HUNDRED BIBLE WAYS TO BE A FOOL 

self. It is not much trouble to find people all of whom 
you can see is a little piece of themselves sticking up out 
of their own wide mouths. You may think out the entire 
picture as you walk up and down the thoroughfares of 
life, viewing this kind of a fool. 

(77) . A Fool by Beginning with Foolishness, and End- 
ing in Madness. ''The beginning of the words of his mouth 
is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous mad- 
ness" (Ecle. 10:13). 

Generally when one begins with so very much mirth, 
foolish mirth, he ends in a mad fit. Such a person is a 
fool. Such a person is to be avoided, as he is dangerous, 
in no way dependable. You never know one minute what 
to expect of a fool the next. 

(78). A Fool by not Knowing How^ to go to the City, 
by Being Demented. ''The labor of the foolish wearieth 
every one of them: because he knoweth not how to go to 
the city" (Ecle. 10:15). 

This kind of a fool needs all of the sympathy he can 
get, for he is most unfortunate, being partially demented. 
He may have been born thus or it may have come upon 
him from some disease or from some abuse he has given 
his body. Regardless of how it came, he is to be pitied. 
It is hard to conceive a more pitiful plight into which one 
might be brought than this demented condition. It is 
simply terrible beyond description. An insane asylum 
presents the saddest condition known in all the world, 
except the condition of a lost soul. That is the worst of 
all. 

(79). A Fool by Being Brutish. "Surely the princes 
of Zoan are fools, the counsel of the wise counsellors of 
Pharaoh is become brutish: how say ye unto Pharaoh, I 



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am the son of the wise, the son of ancient kings" (Isa. 
19:11)? 

A man is a fool when he is brutish to a cat, a dog, a 
cow, a horse, to an unfortunate worm, much less to his 
wife, to his neighbor, to any one, but there are many 
fool-brutes left in the world, those who regard neither 
God nor man, as the Master said. 

(80). A Fool by Getting Others To Sin. 'The princes 
of Zoan are become fools, the princes of Noph are de- 
ceived; they have also seduced Egypt, even they that are 
the stay of the tribes thereof" (Isa. 19 :13) . 

It is bad enough to be any kind of a fool, but one of 
the worst of them all is this fool, not satisfied at his own 
wicked, wasted, rotten life, but, Devil-like, walks up and 
down the earth to see how many innocent boys he may 
lead astray, how many pure girls he may start to ruina- 
tion. There are hundreds of pure, good, pleasing boys, 
who would remain clean and Christian, were it not for 
cigaret-sucking fools that cross their paths, flooding the 
same with all the filth of the lower world, and debauch- 
ing souls as white as snow. Such fools never know the 
sin-rot they sow, the hearts they break, the premature 
graves they fill, the souls they send to the Devil, neither 
do they care. 

Every pure girl that went astray was started by some 
other fool-girl or some fool-boy, not satisfied at being a 
fool, but, like misery, wanted company at the expense of 
the souls they damned. Beware of bad company. Every 
bad person is a fool. Snakes are far better company. 

(81). A Fool by Being Sottish and Wise To Do Evil. 
'Tor my people are foolish, they have not known Me; 
they are sottish children, and they have none understand- 



48 ONE HUNDRED BIBLE WAYS TO BE A FOOL 

ing: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have 
no knowledge" (Jer. 4:22). 

A ''sottish fool" is a drunkard-blockhead, a very low, 
very degraded fool, one that wallows in the mire, one that 
is dirty, one that sees only the very lowest side of life. 
*Two men stood behind the bars; one saw mud, and the 
other saw stars." The fool under consideration sees mud: 
neither he nor the buzzard ever saw the stars. 

This fool is ''wise to do evil." It is an awful thing 
when a person uses all of his education, all of his wisdom, 
in doing the mean things of life, just doing his very best 
to see how sinful he can be, but such is the "sottish fool", 
the one we are studying at this time. It is very hard to 
understand how any one that was ever decent at all can 
fall so low as to be a "sottish fool", but God here describes 
him. He is loathed by God and man, but many miserable, 
pitiful wives have had to contend with these FOOLS of 
the lowest type, most dirty type. 

(82). A Fool by Not Knowing the Way of the Lord 
nor His Judgments. "Therefore I said. Surely these are 
poor; they are foolish: for they know not the way of the 
Lord, nor the judgment of their God" (Jer. 5:4). 

Since ignorance of the Bible makes us fools, we surely 
do have many of them, because very few people study 
that Book. Paul said: "Study to show thyself approved 
unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, 
rightly dividing the Word of truth" (2 Tim. 2:15). Ac- 
cording to this, if one does not study the Bible, he is not 
approved unto God (that is why he is a fool), he should 
be ashamed, and he is unable to properly divide the truth. 
Jesus commanded the following: "Search the Scriptures; 
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they which testify of Me" (Jno. 5:39). The Bible's being 
so great and man's only guide from this world into the 
heavenly life, we can easily see how a person is a FOOL, 
if he does not study it, if he does not know it. 

(83). A Fool by Being Without Understanding, Hav- 
ing Eyes That See Not, and Ears That Hear Not. 'Hear 
now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; 
that have eyes, and see not; that have ears, and hear not" 
(Jer. 5:21). 

Few of us know the value of our eyes and ears, and 
for that reason we act the FOOL by not using them. If 
all people had used their eyes and ears in the time of 
Christ on earth. He would not have been crucified. If all 
were to use them now, Christ would be accepted and 
served by all. This Scripture has reference to His being 
rejected. Therefore, all people out of Christ have made 
the wrong use of their eyes and ears, and are FOOLS, 
according to the Scripture. If you are not a Christian, we 
advise you to become one. 

(84). A Fool by Vanity-Doctrine. "But they are al- 
together brutish and foolish; the stock is a doctrine of 
vanity" (Jer. 10:8). 

The Bible furnishes all the doctrine this world needs 
for salvation of the soul, and a person is a FOOL when he 
presents any other doctrine. God calls counterfeit doc- 
trines "Vanity-doctrines." In other words, they are vain, 
useless, and the author is a fool. 

(85). A Fool by 111 Gotten Wealth. "As the partridge 
sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not; so he that getteth 
riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of 
his days, and at his end shall be a fool" (Jer. 17 :11) . 

Just think of the thousands and millions of people in 



50 ONE HUNDRED BIBLE WAYS TO BE A FOOL 

this world who rob, cheat, and by all kinds of deceptive, 
dishonest methods extort from others their means, their 
holdings, and count themselves wise, great, and wonder- 
ful in being able thus to take that which is not their own.' 
Every person in this world who holds one penny that 
rightfully belongs to another is a FOOL, if God knows 
what a fool is, and we think He does. We should be hon- 
est, and earn by the **sweat of the face" our holdings. 
That is far better than being a FOOL, and going to Satan. 

(86). Fool-Prophets by Following Their Own Spirits, 
and Seeing Nothing. 'Thus saith the Lord God, Woe unto 
the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and 
have seen nothing" (Eze. 13:3) ! 

Many false prophets has4he Devil sent into this world, 
and by them millions have been deceived to their ever- 
lasting ruination, because there are so few people who 
read and study the Scriptures daily to know the truth. 
Every false prophet, and every false teacher is a FOOL, 
and the host of them is innumerable. Before we teach 
others we better be most sure that we know the truth 
just as it is, that we are leading others in the way that 
leads to God and home, for otherwise we are fools, de- 
ceived and being deceived, as the apostle expressed it. 

(87). Fool-Prophets ijy Feeding Themselves, and Not 
Their Flocks. "Son of man, prophesy against the shep- 
herds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them. Thus saith 
the Lord God unto the shepherds. Woe be to the shep- 
herds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the 
shepherds feed the flocks" (Eze. 34:2)? "And the Lord 
said unto me. Take unto thee yet the instruments of a 
foolish shepherd: for, lo, I will raise up a shepherd in 
the land, who shall not visit those that be cut off, neither 



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shall seek the young one, nor heal that that is broken, 
nor feed that that standeth still; but he shall eat the 
flesh of the fat, and tear their claws in pieces" (Zech. 
11:15, 16). 

There are so many preachers to-day who care more 
for their pay-check each week or month than they do for 
the flocks that it is most appalling, just woefully so. With 
few exceptions, the members of the Church are just 
about what the minister makes them. He can have them 
good or bad, active or inactive in the cause. The great 
trouble is, the average preacher is so everlastingly lazy 
that he cares nothing about his flock, lets them go to the 
Devil, while he sits around, smokes a dirty cigar, and 
waits for the next pay-day. Such preachers fail not to 
feed themselves, but their sheep and lambs die of starva- 
tion. A lazy preacher never gives out any real soul-food 
in his sermons, for he never puts any such thing into 
them, he is waiting for his pay-check at the end of the 
month, which, to him, is always a long time coming. A 
preacher worth mentioning is always out among his peo- 
ple, looking after their every interest, suffering with those 
who suffer, sorrowing with those who sorrow, rejoicing 
with those who are happy, and keeping their interest in 
the kingdom high at all times. Such ministers God has 
never called FOOLS. 

(88). A Fool by Not Knowing the Temple Sanctifieth 
the Gold. ''Woe unto you, ye blind guides, who say, who- 
soever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but who- 
soever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a 
debtor. Ye fools, and blind ! for whether is greater, the 
gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold" (Matt. 
23:16, 17). 



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The Pharisees and Scribes had gotten things badly 
mixed, putting the gold in the temple above the temple, 
not knowing that the temple sanctified the gold, and 
though they claimed to be the very embodiment of wis- 
dom, they were FOOLS, said Christ. 

(89). A Fool by Not Knowing the Altar Sanctifieth 
the Gift. ''And, whosoever sweareth by the altar, it is 
nothing ; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon 
the altar, he is guilty. Ye fools, and blind ! for whether is 
greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift" 
(Matt. 23:18, 19). 

These are fools again for getting the altar and the 
gift mixed, not knowing which was the greater, which 
sanctified the other. It is bad to be a fool, regardless of 
what makes us one. 

(90). A Fool for Sleeping Before Putting Oil Into the 
Lamps. ''Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened 
unto ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went forth to 
meet the Bridegroom. And five of them v/ere wise, and 
five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, 
and took no oil with them: but the wise took oil in their 
vessels with their lamps. While the Bridegroom tarried, 
they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was 
a great cry made. Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye 
out to meet Him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed 
their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise. Give us 
of your oil ; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise 
answered, saying. Not so; lest there be not enough for us 
and you : but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for 
yourselves. And while they went to buy, the Bridegroom 
came ; and they that were ready went in with Him to the 
marriage : and the door was shut. Afterward came also 



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the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But He 
answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not" 
(Matt. 25:1-12). 

Christ is teaching here that every one who neglects 
to become a Christian while the opportunity is his, it will 
be too late for him to obey his Lord after He comes to the 
judgment, and at that time he will have to realize all so 
sorrowfully that he had never been anything but a fool. 
Wise people **seek first the kingdom of God", but fools 
put it off and die ''without God, and without hope in the 
world." Are you a Christian? If not, have you not done 
the unwise thing long enough? Accept Jesus Christ this 
very day. 

(91). A Fool for Thinking He Can Feed His Soul on 
Corn. ''And He spake a parable unto them, saying. The 
ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: 
and he thought within himself, saying, what shall I do, 
because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And 
he said. This will I do : I will pull down my barns, and 
build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and 
my goods. And I will say to my soul. Soul, thou hast 
much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, 
drink, and be merry. But God said unto him. Thou fool ! 
this night thy soul shall be required of thee : then whose 
shall those things be, which thou hast provided" (Luke 
12:16-20)? 

Herein lies the trouble with most people to-day. They 
verily believe they can feed their souls on corn. They 
never give their inner lives a spiritual dinner, and their 
souls are famished almost beyond repair. All such people 
are FOOLS, said the Master, and they are making a living 
and not a life, the worst mistake any mortal can make. 



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If we would realize that these temporal blessings are but 
a means to an end, and that the preparing for life ever- 
lasting, all would be well, but FOOLS labor only for the 
meat which perisheth, as Jesus expressed it. 

(92). A Fool by Being Slow To Believe God's Word. 
'Then He said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to 
believe all that the prophets have spoken" (Luke 24:25). 

This takes in another large number, for many pretend 
to believe the Bible, but, when thoroughly tested, they 
believe only such parts as are pleasing to them. The 
parts which condemn their wicked lives, or not in har- 
mony with what they have always been taught by parents 
and others, they reject with all grace, acting as though 
they believe they are doing God a service. God says They 
are FOOLS. 

(93) . A Fool by Claiming To Be Wise. ''Because that, 
when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, 
neither were thankful ; but became vain in their imagina- 
tions, and their foolish heart was darkened" (Rom. 1 :21). 
"Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seem- 
eth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that 
he may be wise" (1 Cor. 3:18). 

One of the weakest things the Devil ever got into 
human nature is the "big-head", making one think he is 
a Solomon when he is a FOOL. Wise people never know 
they are wise. They feel so little, so humble, so unworthy, 
there being so many things they do not know, that they 
do not realize what they do know. Only fools think they 
are wise. 

(94). A Fool for Asking How the Dead Are Raised 
and with What Body Do They Come. "But some man will 
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do they come? Thou fool! that which thou sowest is not 
quickened, except it die" (1 Cor. 15:35, 36). 

We have heard quite a number of fools on this sub- 
ject, and just as Paul said, they are asking how are the 
dead raised and with what body do they come? They 
rise, and that is sufficient. 

(95). A Fool for Glorying. "I am become a fool in 
glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have 
been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the 
very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing" (2 Cor. 
12:11). 

Paul here admits that he is a fool, but says circum- 
stances had compelled him to glory in himself, in his an- 
cestry, in his great ability, but it was far from Paul's na- 
ture to do it that way, for in this connection he confessed 
to be nothing. However, there are people who wilfully 
glory in themselves, and they are much bigger FOOLS. 

(96). A Fool for Being Bewitched by Erroneous 
Teachers. ''O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, 
that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes 
Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified 
among you" (Gal. 3:1)? 

A person is not excusable for not knowing the truth, 
for allowing himself to be deceived by false teachers. God 
expects us so to understand the Word that no one can 
deceive us, and when we fail in this, Paul says we are 
FOOL'S. Jesus and the apostles fully warned the people 
concerning all kinds of false teachers, who by every con- 
ceivable method would lead astray great numbers, but 
only a few pay any attention to such warning, and daily 
thousands are dragged down and away from the truth, 
made FOOLS, and know it not. 



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(97) . A Fool for Giving up the Gospel for the Law of 

Moses. ''Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, 
are ye now made perfect by the flesh" (Gal. 3 :3) ? 

Those in the Spirit were those who had obeyed the 
gospel of Jesus Christ, and those seeking perfection by 
the flesh were those returning to the law of Moses, think- 
ing that circumcision in the flesh was worth far more than 
the Spiritual blessings of the gospel of the Son of God. 
Paul called such people FOOLS. There are many clamor- 
ing for the same law now. They should be preaching the 
gospel of the crucified, buried, and risen Lord, leaving out 
none of its facts, commands, and promises. 

(98). A Fool by Lusting. ''But they that will be rich, 
fall into temptation, and a snare, and into many foolish 
and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and 
perdition" (1 Tim. 6:9). 

There are in the world three great classes of lust, 
about which we read in the following: "For all that is in 
the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, 
and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the 
world" (1 Jno. 2:16). Adam's wife was tempted in all 
of these three lusts, and so was Jesus Christ in the wilder- 
ness with the Devil, and every mortal that lives to-day is 
tempted in the same three ways. Adam's wife yielded, 
but Jesus Christ overcame, and it now remains to be 
seen what we shall do. If we succumb to these tempta- 
tions, we are FOOLS, fools unworthy of the blessings of 
that eternal life with our innocent Lord. 

"THE BIG FLOOD" mentioned in 1 Tim. 6:9, in the 
foregoing, is a great subject for a sermon. Notice again 
the expression: "Which DROWN men in destruction and 
perdition." The flood which came in the days of Noah 



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was nothing comparable with this PERDITION-FLOOD. 

(99). A Fool by Asking Foolish and Unlearned Ques- 
tions. ''But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, know- 
ing that they do gender strife" (2 Tim 2:23). ''But avoid 
foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and 
strivings about the law ; for they are unprofitable and 
vain" (Titus 3:9). 

There is always some one who wants to cavil, wants 
to annoy others with foolish and unlearned questions, 
thinking he is a Solomon, but Paul informs us that such 
an one is all that a FOOL means. 

(100). A Fool by Being Deceived, Disobedient, Living 
in Lust, Pleasure, Malice, Envy, Hateful, and Hating 
Others. ''For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, 
disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts, and pleasures, 
living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one an- 
other" (Titus 3:3). 

This kind is the COMBINATION-FOOL, a very vile, 
very bad, very dangerous FOOL. May our gracious God 
save us from any of the many things that would make us 
one or all of these one hundred FOOLS, for to be any 
kind of a FOOL means we are unworthy of the blessings 
offered in the blood and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. 



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CHAPTER II 
FOOLS IN GENERAL 

(1). A Foolish Nation. "They have moved Me to 
jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked 
Me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to 
jealousy with those who are not a people; I will provoke 
them to anger with a foolish nation" (Deut. 32:21). ''But 
I say, did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will pro- 
voke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a 
foolish nation I will anger you" (Rom. 10:19). 

The ''foolish nation" here are all the Gentiles, and 
the Jews were angered and moved to jealousy when they 
were allowed to accept Christ, and enter His Church. 

(2). Abner Not a Fool. "And the king lamented over 
Abner, and said, Died Abner as a fool dieth" (2 Sam. 
3:33)? 

(3). Did Not. Charge God Foolishly. "In all this Job 
sinned not, nor charged God foolishly" (Job. 1:22). 

To fools God is always foolish, but Job was far from 
being a fool, and to him nothing which God did or allow- 
ed Satan to do was foolish. 

(4). Fools Reproach. "Deliver me from all my trans- 
gression; make me not the reproach of the foolish" (Psa. 
39:8). 

Good people seldom reproach others. They rather 
sympathize, help, love them into obedience, but fools de- 
light in reproaching others. When you see any one quick 
to speak evil of others, you may know at once that he is 
vile, corrupt, has a rotten heart, and because of his own 
wicked, black eyes is unable to see the least good in 



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others. It should be the desire and prayer of all good 
people to be delivered from the reproach of fools. 

(5). Envying the Foolish. ''For I was envious at the 
foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked" (Psa. 
73:3). 

II is a wonderment to many that God so blesses fools, 
the wicked in general, but He has a beautiful reason for 
so doing. Read it: "Or despisest thou the riches of His 
goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not know- 
ing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance" 
(Rom. 2:4)? Read again about it: ''Who in times past 
suffered all nations to walk in their own ways. Never- 
theless He left not Himself without witness, in that He 
did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful 
seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness" (Acts 
14:16, 17). 

The first Scripture given shows that God is good to 
sinners, all kinds of fools, to get them to repent. If being 
good to a bad person when he is down in the mire and 
when all others have forsaken him will not interest him, 
will not cause him to reform, to be better, he is a hopeless 
case. Yes, God is good to the worst of people, hoping 
thereby to open their eyes, to kindle in their hearts some 
degree of appreciation, and thus redeem them. If all of 
God's blessings to sinners are to save them, if possible, 
why should good people not be greatly delighted, instead 
of finding fault with God? 

The second Scripture given on this subject shows that 
God's goodness to sinners is to the effect that in that 
great judgment day God will have witness that He did 
His part, and no lost man can say to Him, if You had not 
thrown me away when I was blind in sin, this miserable 



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plight never would have come to me. Yes, God is faith- 
ful when we are most unfaithful, and His faithfulness 
will in that day witness for Him, and against us. 

(6). Confessing Foolishness. *'So foolish was I, and 
ignorant; I was as a beast before Thee" (Psa. 73:22). 

It is rather a strong thing for fools to confess foolish- 
ness, for generally they are not that manly. Few fools 
have sense enough to know they are foolish. Confession 
is a great thing anyway. The home-made scripture on 
that is: "Honest confession is good for the soul." That is 
not in the Bible in those words, but it is a mark of great- 
ness to confess sins, and it helps the soul every time it 
is done. 

(7). Blaspheming Fools. "Remember this, that the 
enemy hath reproached. Lord, that the foolish people 
have blasphemed Thy name" (Psa. 74:18). 

Only a fool could be low and mean enough to blas- 
pheme God's name. He would have to be a fool before 
he would be mean enough to blaspheme that worthy name 
of our God, but there are many foolish enough to do that 
very thing. A man is a fool before he can take the name 
of the Lord in vain in any way whatsoever. It is surpris- 
ing to know how low some can be in this world. 

(8). Fools Reproaching God. "Arise, O God, plead 
Thine own cause: remember how the foolish man re- 
proacheth Thee daily" (Psa. 74:22). 

This is another case like the fool that blasphemes 
God's name, he has to be a fool before he can reproach 
God daily. Numbers are so foolish as to reproach God, 
complain at His doings, criticise to the disgust of their 
hearers every lovely thing. Too, be it remembered, that 
we reproach God by reproaching His people. Read Matt. 



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25 :31-46. We cannot do an unkind thing to one of God's 
children without doing that same thing against God. Too, 
every good deed done to others is as it were unto the 
Lord. 

(9). Fools Dealing Foolishly. "I said unto the fools, 
Deal not foolishly; and to the wicked, Lift not up the 
horn" (Psa. 75:4). 

It is hard to keep fools from acting foolishly, and to 
keep the wicked from lifting up the horn, wicked power, 
against others. Horn means ''power", and all kinds of 
wicked devices are used to make this a worse world. The 
influence of sin and of sinners is a terrible force, power, 
against all that is called good. 

(10). The Contents of Fools Made Known. ''Wisdom, 
resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but 
that which is in the midst of fools is made known" (Prov. 
14:33). 

Sin cannot always oe hidden. Sooner or later it comes 
to light, is made known. However, the thought here is 
that while wisdom has a resting place in the hearts of 
those with understanding, there is no resting place any- 
where for the contents of the hearts of fools. Fools will 
not let the wickedness in their hearts rest, they keep that 
wickedness eternally active. They are most unhappy if 
they are not in some devilment, as the saying goes. The 
busiest people on earth are fools, but they are hastening 
to do evil. 

(11). The Hope of Fools. "Seest thou a man wise in 
his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of 
him" (Prov. 26:12). 

A conceited man, wise in his own estimation, is worse 
than is the average fool. One may hope that such fools 



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will get their eyes open, will reform, but it is hard to 
have such hopes for the conceited mortal, "thinking he is 
wise when he knoweth nothing." 

(12). The Man Worse Than a Fool. "Seest thou a 
man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a 
fool than of him" (Prov. 29:20). 

This is similar to the one we just studied, except in 
that case the fool was contrasted with a conceited person, 
while here the contrast is made between him and some 
one that talks before thinking. There are so many who 
act on the spur of the moment, saying and doing things 
which ever after they regret. Such a person is rated 
lower than the average fool. 

(13). A Ruling Fool. ''Aind who shall know whether 
he shall be a wise man or a fool? yet shall he have rule 
over all my labor wherein I have labored, and wherein I 
have shown myself wise under the sun. This is also van- 
ity" (Ecle. 2:19). 

It is hard to feel that after one has acted wisely, after 
he has wrought out many helpful things, has perfected 
great organizations for the general good of the people, 
that some fool-son, just because he is an heir, shall step 
in and by his unwise ruling spoil all that has been ac- 
complished, but such frequently comes to pass, and we 
have to make the best of it. It seems that it would be far 
better for such a wise father to leave a limited amount to 
his fool-son, and place the remainder into the hands of 
the wise and good to use it to bless the world. The love 
one has for an unworthy son should not prevent such an 
arrangement. 

(14). The Wise and Fools Faring Alike. ''For what 
hath the wise more than the fool? what hath the poor, 



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that knoweth to walk before the living" (Ecle. 6:8)? 

Before this we have shown that God blesses the wick- 
ed just as He does the wise, the good, doing it to draw 
them to Him, to lead them to repentance, to save them, 
and surely we shall never complain again at such mercy 
and love for the weak, for the unfortunate. While God 
blesses the wicked thus in this life, He will punish them 
in the next, and fill the joy-cups of the righteous to run- 
ning over. Good people enjoy the necessities of life in 
this world, and in the next they heir all things with and 
through Christ, so there is no room for them to complain. 

(15). Seeking To Know Foolishness and Madness. *'I 
applied mine heart to know, and to search, and to seek 
out wisdom, and the reason of things, and to know the 
wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness" 
(Ecle. 7:25). 

Solomon experimented with all kinds of foolish 
things, all kinds of sinful things, doing it to thoroughly 
test them out that he might know how bad they were 
and then in a greater way than had ever been done be- 
fore warn the world against them. In the following he 
will tell you that is why he did those things : *'I sought in 
mine heart to give myself unto wine, yet acquainting 
mine heart with wisdom; and to lay hold on folly, till I 
might see what was good for the sons of men, which they 
should do under the heaven all the days of their life" 
(Ecle. 2 :3) . Solomon has been abused and criticised in the 
worst possible ways for hundreds of years by sinful and 
so-called good people for the sinful things which he did, 
but our hearts melt with appreciation when we realize 
that he was jeopardizing his own life, his own precious 
soul, that he might be able to fully tell others how sinful 



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sin is, and eternally warn them against every unrighteous 
thing. Our own lives have been made so much better by 
our not having to experiment with certain evils, doing it 
to our eternal hurt, for since Solomon has tested them out, 
and tells us that all such is vanity, we should take his 
word for it, and leave them alone. In the great judgment 
we may learn that, more than we ever dreamed, God was 
back of having these things tested out for us, and that 
Solomon's wise conclusion after all of his experiments 
with sin is one of the world's most helpful things. That 
conclusion is: "Fear God, and keep His commandments: 
for this is the whole duty of man" (Ecle. 12:13). When 
we learn these things about Solomon, we thank God for 
him, and no longer criticize. 

(16). Ruling Among Fools. ''The words of wise men 
are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth 
among fools" (Ecle. 9:17). 

Wise people do not have to talk loud to be heard, but 
some people can be heard blocks away talking. However, 
the thought here is, that a mian ruling over fools is rated 
very low, people have such little confidence in him. 

(17). The Way a Fool Can Understand. ''And an 
highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called, 
The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; 
but it shall be for those : the wayfaring men, though fools, 
shall not err therein" (Isa. 35:8). 

We have studied many different things about fools, 
and we have found one hundred different kinds of fools, 
but, thank God, the plan of salvation, as set forth in the 
Bible, is so plain that fools can understand it, leaving all 
without excuse. We do not need some doctor of divinity 
to explain the simple plan of salvation, but we need peo- 



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pie with the faith of a child to accept it and do what God 
commands. 

(18). Foolish Knowledge. 'That frustrateth the 
tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad ; that turn- 
eth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge 
foolish" (Isa. 44:25). 

Fools think they know it all, but God has a way to 
show how foolish they are, how their knowledge is simply 
nothing. 

(19) . Prophets Seeing Foolish Things. 'Thy prophets 
have seen vain and foolish things for thee ; and they have 
not discovered thine iniquity, to turn away thy captivity ; 
but have seen for thee false burdens, and causes of ban- 
isnment" (Lam. 2:14). 

Foolish prophets seeing foolish things, things untrue, 
and trying to make the people believe such things are 
from God have led many thousands into perdition. Only 
the great judgment will reveal the hurt done by false 
teachers, Devil-led teachers, in this world. 

(20). Calling a Brother a Fool. "But I say unto you. 
That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause, 
shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall 
say to his brother, Raca (vain fellow), shall be in danger 
of the council : but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall 
be in danger of hell fire" (Matt. 5:22), 

Brethren in Christ have no right to call each other 
fools, for doing so endangers them to hell, but there are 
many who disregard what Jesus said, and call each other 
by all kinds of bad names, fools and other names. 

(21). Heart-Foolishness. "For from within, out of 
the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, for- 
nications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, de- 



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ceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, fool- 
ishness: all these evil things come from within, and defile 
the man" (Mark 7:21-23). 

All wickedness, all foolishness, originates in the heart. 
If all minds were clean, we would have clean lives, and a 
good world. 

(22). Instructing the Foolish. ''And art confident 
that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them 
who are in darkness, an instructor of the foolish, a 
teacher of babes, that hast the form of knowledge and 
of the truth in the law" (Rom. 2:19, 20). 

Instructing the foolish is one of the biggest jobs one 
ever undertook in this world, but the conceited Jews 
thought that they were the only competent teachers on 
earth, and that they were doing a great work in educat- 
ing fools, but they were misleading those foolish ones, 
teaching them the law of Moses, when they should have 
been teaching them the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

(23). Preaching the Cross is Foolish to Those Who 
Perish. "For the preaching of the cross is to them that 
perish foolishness; but unto us who are saved it is the 
power of God" (1 Cor. 1:18). 

Nothing to the Jews was more unwise than to quit the 
law and preach Christ crucified, but things are not always 
as foolish as they seem. What they called foolishness 
was the wisest manifestation of God, Christ, and their 
love this old world ever knew. 

(24). The Wisdom of This World Made Foolish. 
"Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the dis- 
puter of this world? hath not God made foolish the wis- 
dom of this world" (1 Cor. 1:20) ? 

There are many efforts from many sources made 



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against the gospel of Jesus Christ and against Christian- 
ity in general, but the more the Scriptures are unbiasly 
compared to other literature, the more we are convinced 
that God's Word far outclasses all the profane writing 
of the world. God is simply making foolish the wisdom of 
this world. The Bible has been opposed, and committed 
to the flames, but more copies were sold las: year than 
ever before. God's Word will never pass away. See Matt. 
24:35. 

{'2b). Saving People by the Foolishness of Preaching. 
"For after that in the wisdom of God. the world by wis- 
dom knew not God. it pleased God by the foolishness of 
preaching to save them that believe" (1 Cor. 1:21). 

What the world calls foolishness, preaching the gos- 
piel. God is using to save believers of the truth. When God 
committed to human beings the preaching of the gospel 
to save believers. He did for them more than He ever did 
for angels. Truly, the greatest earthly honor ever be- 
stowed is the preaching of Christ to this world. Because 
the world calls it foolishness does not mean it is common 
or unclean. 

(2b). Preaching Christ Crucified Was Foolishness to 
the Greeks. "But we preach Christ cruciried. unto the 
Jews a stumblingblock. and unto the Greeks foolishness" 
(1 Cor. 1:23). 

The Greeks, like the Jews, thouglu they were the wis- 
est people that ever lived, and anything which did not 
originate with them was foolislmess. was worthless, but 
the gospel of Christ has withstood all of their attacks 
against it while much Grecian wisdom has perished. 

(27). The Foolishness of God Wiser Than Men. "Be- 
cause the foolishness of God is wiser than men: and the 



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weakness of God is stronger than men" (1 Cor. 1:25). 

God is never foolish, but what His enemies call fool- 
ishness is far wiser than men, and for that reason the dear 
old Book of God lives on. When a man believes in the 
Bible, he should never feel any cause for shame, for as the 
years come and go he will find that his faith holds to the 
only genuine thing, the thing that will abide all the fires 
of persecution. 

(28). Confounding the Wise wiith Foolish Things. 
*Tor God hath chosen the foolish things of the world, to 
confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things 
of the world, to confound the things which are mighty" 
(1 Cor. 1:27), 

God chose simple and unlearned men, most of them, 
for apostles, and gave them such wonderful power in 
every way that the world's so-called wisest could not 
withstand them, and thus with those whom the world 
called foolish she was confounded, undone, and humili- 
ated to her everlasting undoing. 

(29) . Spiritual Things Are Foolishness to the Natural 
Man. "But the natural man receiveth not the things of 
the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: 
neither can he know them, because they are spiritually 
discerned" (1 Cor. 2:14). 

There is a great gulf between the sinner and the 
saint, the natural man and the spiritual man. To the 
natural man everything spiritual is foolishness. 

(30). The Wisdom of This World is Foolishness with 
God. ''For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with 
God : for it is written. He taketh the wise in their own 
craftiness" (1 Cor. 3:19). 

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but we poor fools have a hard time realizing it. We think 
there will be little or no wisdom when we are dead. We 
do not know what fools we are. 

(31). Fools for Christ's Sake. ''We are fools for 
Christ's sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but 
ye are strong; ye are honorable, but we are despised" 
(1 Cor. 4:10). 

These are not literal fools, but are thought by the 
world to be. If Christians were as big fools as sinners 
think they are, they would be worse than barbarian. It is 
wonderful that saints are not to be judged by the world. 

(32). Thinking Paul a Fool. "I say again. Let no man 
think me a fool; if otherwise, yet as a fool receive me, 
that I may boast myself a little" (2 Cor. 11 :16), 

Most of the Jews thought Paul was the worst fool 
that ever lived, and they failed not to treat him as such, 
but he meekly suffered it for Jesus Christ just as all 
Christians have to do. '*If we suffer with Him, we shall 
also reign with Him." 

(33). The Foolishness of Boasting. ''That which I 
speak, I speak it not after the Lord, but as it were foolish- 
ly, in this confidence of boasting" (2 Cor. 11:17). 

Paul realized that it was foolish to boast, and wanted 
the people to know the Lord was not blamable for his 
doing it, but it was done to offset the criticism of his 
enemies, who would make the world think that Paul was 
nothing. Therefore, some liberty is allowed God's chil- 
dren in doing certain things, which ordinarily they would 
not do, circumstances playing a big part. 

(34). The Wise Suffering Fools. "For ye suffer fools 
gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise" (2 Cor. 11:19). 

Paul is saying here that if his enemies were as wise as 



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they pretend, they would suffer him as a fool by being 
patient with him, and by hearing his side of the question. 
Surely any wise man will hear others who differ from 
him. 

(35) . PauFs Speaking Foolishly. ''I speak as concern- 
ing reproach, as though we had been weak. Howbeit 
whereinsoever any is bold, (I speak foolishly,) I am bold 
also" (2 Cor. 11:21). 

Paul here wanted his enemies to know that he had 
just as much in his ancestry of which to boast as they 
did, but he failed not to tell them that he was foolish in 
so boasting, which is the most modest way of calling them 
fools. 

(36). PauFs Speaking as a Fool. ''Are they ministers 
of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labors more 
abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more fre- 
quent, in deaths oft" (2 Cor. 11:23). 

Here we have some of the smoothest irony ever writ- 
ten. While Paul showed that in his ancestry he had as 
much of which to boast as did his enemies, he quickly 
jumped from that phase of the subject and boasted of 
having suffered so much at their wicked hands, yet speak- 
ing as would a fool in their sight. 

(37). Paul Not a Fool if He Gloried. ''For though I 
would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say 
the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think 
of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he hear- 
eth of me" (2 Cor. 12:6). 

Paul is saying that if he gloried, he would not be a 
fool, for he had done and suffered so much for Christ 
that God in His graciousness would permit him to glory, 
that it is all right when one tells the truth to do it. The 



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way Paul did this was another great reprimand, for he 
was showing that all glorying and boasting should be 
over things done and suffered for Christ, neither of which 
his enemies could boast, for they had done the opposite, 
being enemies to the cross of Christ. 

(38). Not Walking As Fools. ''See then that ye walk 
circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise" (Eph. 5:15). 

Christians are not to walk as fools. They are to walk 
in a way that all seeing them will know they have been 
with Jesus. A Christian by his beautiful life is an ''epistle 
known and read of all men." See 2 Cor. 3 :2. The beauti- 
ful life of a saint is the greatest sermon ever preached by 
men or angels. 

(39). The Children of Fools. "I have seen the foolish 
taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation. His 
children are far from safety, and they are crushed in the 
gate, neither is there any to deliver them" (Job 5:3, 4). 

Living the life of a fool is a poor way to insure the 
lives of children, but God blesses the children of the 
righteous. Solomon was blessed, allowed to retain his 
kingdom, because his father David was a good man. The 
children of fools do not have such Divine protection. 

(40) . It Is Useless To Teach Fools. "Speak not in the 
ears of a fool ; for he will despise the wisdom of thy 
words" (Prov. 23:9). 

The fool's ears are closed to instruction. He thinks 
that he is knowledge personified, that some Solomon 
would be a pigmy by his side. Fools do not have listening 
ears for good things. 

(41). Foolish Builders. "And every one that heareth 
these sayings of Mine, and doeth them not, shall be liken- 
ed unto a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand : 



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and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the 
winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and 
great was the fall of it" (Matt. 7:26, 27). 

Fools care little or nothing about the foundation on 
which they build in this world. They expect to be saved 
regardless of how, where, and on what they build, but 
Jesus in this Scripture teaches that it does not pay to be a 
fool. 



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CHAPTER III 
FOOLS CAUSING OTHERS TO SUFFER 

(1). A Foolish Son the Heaviness of His Mother. ''A 

wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the 
heaviness of his mother" (Prov. 10:1). 

Only the good Lord knows how many hearts of 
mothers have been broken by fool-sons. Mothers have 
seen their sons break the law and have to hang, or die in 
the electric chair, the mothers suffering more than the 
dying sons. How any one can do the least thing to grieve 
mother is hard to understand, for there is no better earth- 
ly friend. 

(2). A Companion of Fools Destroyed. ''He that 
walketh with wise men shall be wise : but a companion 
of fools shall be destroyed" (Prov. 13:20). 

The death penalty is the consequence, the result, of 
keeping company with fools. Bad company is the worst 
thing that can come to one in this life, for it always means 
ruination, and great suffering. We should walk with the 
wise, profit by their wisdom, and bless the world. Stay 
away from fools as you would that many devils. 

(3). The Sorrow from Begetting a Fool. ''He that 
begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow ; and the father of 
a fool hath no joy" (Prov. 17: 21). 

Hardly a worse thing can befall a man in this life than 
to be the father of a fool. It means the remainder of his 
days must be spent in tears, in disappointment. If sons 
would live at all times the beautiful. Christian lives they 
should, their parents would have cause for great rejoic- 
ing. 



74 ONE HUNDRED BIBLE WAYS TO BE A FOOL 

(4). Grief and Bitterness Because of a Foolish Son. 

"A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her 
that bare him" (Prov. 17:25). 

This is along the same line as was the one we studied 
a few minutes ago, that it is very unfortunate to have a 
fool-son in the family. 

(5). A Foolish Son the Calamity of His Father. "A 
foolish son is the calamity of his father; and the conten- 
tions of a wife are a continual dropping" (Prov. 19:13). 

It does not say that a foolish son is "a" calamity of 
the father, but it is "the" calamity of the father, showing 
that no greater misfortune can come upon a parent than 
to have a fool-son. A foolish son and a contentious wife 
are put into the same class. 



ONE HUNDRED BIBLE WAYS TO BE A FOOL 75 

CHAPTER IV 
THE SEVEN SINS OF A FOOL 

(1). Disobedience. 'Tor we ourselves also were some- 
time foolish, disobedient" (Titus 3:3). 

We may disobey the laws of the country, a very fool- 
ish thing to do, for it means the suffering of the penalty 
of the laws disobeyed. Every citizen of a country should 
pride himself in obeying the civil law, for that is the best 
possible way to show appreciation for his fatherland. Dis- 
obeying the law of the land makes one a fool-citizen, a 
very unworthy one. 

It is possible to disobey the laws of nature, and make 
fools of ourselves. Pardon may be found on certain condi- 
tions when other laws are disobeyed, but Nature never 
forgives. Sinning against nature is one unpardonable sin. 
Therefore, any one is a fool to break the laws of health. 
Paul was speaking of this nature-law when he said: 
"Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap" (Gal. 
6:7). 

Parents are frequently disobeyed, but not without 
penalty. If they are ''unmerciful" enough not to punish 
us, we get it in a thousand other ways. A child, regardless 
of age, is a fool to disobey or to speak unkindly to his 
parents. It is little, dirty, mean, beggarly, to show dis- 
respect to parents. 

The worst of all disobedience is to ignore God's com- 
mands, to walk upon them, to break them with impunity, 
and to walk in our own ways. Any one that wilfully dis- 
obeys God's word is a fool, according to Paul, and he 
knew. 



76 ONE HUNDRED BIBLE WAYS TO BE A FOOL 

(2). Being Deceived. 'Tor we ourselves also were 
sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived" (Titus 3:3). 

There is no excuse for being deceived. It means that 
such a person was not willing to pay the price to know 
the truth. Too many depend upon what others say and 
teach, walking in their instruction, not remembering that 
Jesus said : ''And if the blind lead the blind both shall fall 
into the ditch" (Matt. 15:14). According to Paul, when 
a man is too everlastingly lazy to inform himself in God's 
word, allows himself to be deceived, he is a FOOL. 

(3). Serving Divers Lusts. "For we ourselves also 
were sometime foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving 
divers lusts" (Titus 3:3). 

This is a lustful world. Lust is almost everywhere. 
All lusts are organized into three families, according to 
the following: "for all that is in the world, the lust of the 
flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not 
of the Father, but is of the world" (1 Jno. 2:16). James 
tells us much about LUST. Hear him: "But every man is 
tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and en- 
ticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth 
sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death" 
( Jas. 1 :14, 15) . Lust leads to sin ; sin leads to death, and 
the two make a man a FOOL. In other words LUST is 
one of the seven sins of a fool — a big fool. 

(4). Serving Divers Pleasures. "For we ourselves also 
were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving 
lusts and pleasures" (Titus 3:3). 

The world to-day is pleasure-mad. The world has be- 
come a veritable playground. Paul will tell us what it all 
means, what it is like. "Neither be ye idolaters, as were 
some of them; as it is written. The people sat down to 



ONE HUNDRED BIBLE WAYS TO BE A FOOL 77 

eat and drink, and rose up to play" (1 Cor. 10 :7) . Spend- 
ing the life in play and pleasure is sinful, is one of the 
seven sins of a fool. God in His Word has provided a time 
to work, and a time to rest, but no time was provided for 
PLAY — that is idolatrous — that is sinful — one of the 
seven sins of a fool, we repeat — we cannot afford thus to 
waste blood-bought time. 

(5). Living in Malice. 'Tor we ourselves also were 
sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers 
lusts and pleasures, living in malice" (Titus 3:3). 

Some people were almost born mad. It certainly was 
not long after birth before they were mad, and, seeming- 
ly, they have remained mad ever since. Madness is one 
of the seven sins of a fool. Paul said : '*Let not the sun go 
down upon your wrath" (Eph. 4:26). Some people never 
get over their madness, it holds on to the very end of life 
— such is unscriptural — it is wrong. 

(6). Living in Envy. 'Tor we ourselves also were 
sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers 
lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy" (Titus 
3:3). 

Envy is a terrible sin. It is another way to express 
jealousy. It is very sinful to envy a man of his good 
name, to desire to rob him of it, and to envy his success 
in life to the extent that we would ruin him, were it pos- 
sible, but there are many such people in the world, and 
their daily work is to make life miserable for those who 
are truly good. Doctors envy each other; merchants do 
the same; so do preachers, neither class realizing that 
ENVY is one of the seven sins of a fool. All Christians 
should have such antipathy for ENVY that never would 
they be guilty of it. Only a fool envies another. Ordinar- 



78 ONE HUNDRED BIBLE WAYS TO BE A FOOL 

ily, if we envy others, we seek opportunities to do them 
damage by word and deed. 

(7). Hateful, and Hating. 'Tor we ourselves also 
were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving 
divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hate- 
ful, and hating one another" (Titus 3:3). 

A person that is hateful is full of hate, which means 
there is no room in the heart for good things. A man who 
is full of hate naturally hates others. Hating others is 
to despise God, since man is made in the image of God. 

We trust that each reader of this book will so study 
it on his knees that he never will be guilty of either of 
the seven sins of a fool. 



ONE HUNDRED BIBLE WAYS TO BE A FOOL 79 

CHAPTER V 
THE PUNISHMENT OF FOOLS 

(1). The FooFs Habitation Cursed. '1 have seen the 
foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation'* 
(Job 5:3). 

It is a terrible thing to live such a fool-life that you 
are soon cut off, and thinking people, wise people, curse 
the place where you lived. Short life here and the curse 
which follows are the punishments of fools. 

(2). The Foolish Not To Stand in God*s Sight. ''The 
foolish shall not stand in Thy sight: Thou hatest all work- 
ers of iniquity" (Psa. 5:5). 

The fool may think that his life is as secure as is 
Gibraltar, that he can stand firmly against all the Satanic 
winds of earth, that he is immovable in God's sight, but 
when too late he will waken to realize that he is a failure 
in all of these things, that he is a FOOL. 

(3). Stinking Wounds Because of Foolishness. ''My 
wounds stink, and are corrupt, because of my foolish- 
ness" (Psa. 38:5). 

Many loathsome diseases are suffered because of fool- 
ish living. The best of health depends upon right living. 
It is a big price one pays in this life to be a sinner, to be 
a fool, but our afflictions, our sufferings, do not seem to 
change us — we continue to sin. 

(4). Our Foolishness Known to the Lord. "O God, 
Thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid 
from Thee" (Psa. 69:5). 

If we truly would realize that God does know every- 
thing about us, that all of our sins are before him at all 



80 ONE HUNDRED BIBLE WAYS TO BE A FOOL 

times, surely we would live better lives. However, we 
should live Christian lives, not through fear of punish- 
ment, but because it is right, and we love it. 

(5). Fools Perish. *Tor He seeth that wise men die, 
likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave 
their wealth to others" (Psa. 49:10). 

Fools perish, and leave their wealth to others; there- 
fore, it does not pay to be a fool. There are many ways 
to perish. The soul starves just as does the body. Very 
few souls get any nourishment. The soul is greatly fed on 
our knees, by reading God's Word, by living right, and by 
serving others in a godly way. 

(6). Fools Destroyed by Their Own Prosperity. *Tor 
the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the 
prosperity of fools shall destroy them" (Prov. 1 :32). 

When a fool is prospering, he feels that he will live 
long and enjoy his wealth, not knowing that these things 
which he loves better than his life are the things which 
work his ruination, which destroy him. We kill ourselves 
by our own wickedness, and our other great losses come 
from our own mistakes generally. 

(7). Shame the Promotion of Fools. 'The wise shall 
inherit glory; but shame shall be the promotion of fools" 
(Prov. 3:35). 

When shame is the only promotion one gets, he does 
not desire to be promoted, but he has to suffer it regard- 
less of how he feels in the matter, for **we reap what we 
sow". 

(8). Fools Corrected in Stocks. "He goeth after her 
straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool 
to the correction of the stocks" (Prov. 7:22). 

It is hard to know which leads to the saddest end, a 



ONE HUNDRED BIBLE WAYS TO BE A FOOL 81 

man running after a mean woman, an ox going to the 
slaughter, or a fool on his way to the correction of stocks. 
One has to pay to be a FOOL. 

(9). Fools Serving the Wise. *'He that troubleth his 
own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be 
servant to the wise of heart" (Prov. 11 :29) . 

Fools make themselves servants to the wise. How- 
ever, when such calamity befalls them, they blame God 
and man, thinking all Heaven is against them, but they 
are simply reaping their own sowing. 

(10). Stripes for the Back of Fools. ''Judgments are 
prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools" 
(Prov. 19:29). 

Notwithstanding stripes are prepared for the backs of 
FOOLS, we continue to have fools, showing that mean 
people will be bad regardless of what they have to suffer 
in this and in the next world. 

(11). A Rod for the FooFs Back. ''A whip for the 
horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back" 
(Prov. 26:3). 

If the whip is for the horse, and a rod for the fool's 
back, what is the difference between the fool and the 
horse? We think the horse has the advantage, for he does 
not know better, and even the fool should. It is hard to 
get a fool to know that he has put himself down with or 
below the common animals, and that all are punished to- 
gether, but such is true. When a man is a fool, he should 
call every horse he sees ''brother." 

(12). Fools and Transgressors Rewarded Alike. "The 
great God, That formed all things, both rewardeth the 
fool, and rewardeth transgressors" (Prov. 26:10). 

It is hard to convince a fool that it is sinful to be a 



82 ONE HUNDRED BIBLE WAYS TO BE A FOOL 

fool, that he is a transgressor, and that severe punishment 
awaits him, but both are true, nevertheless. 

(13). No Remembrance of the Fool. 'Tor there is 
no remembrance of the wise more than of the fool, for 
ever; seeing that which now is, in the days to come shall 
all be forgotten. And how dieth the wise man? as the 
fool" (Ecle. 2:16). 

In the sight of ordinary people there is no difference 
made between the wise and fools, but in God's sight the 
difference is great, for the fools are cast away forever, 
while the ''wise shine as the stars forever and ever." 

(14). Fools Dying Before Their Time. "Be not over 
much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou 
die before thy time" (Ecle. 7:17) ? 

If man had never sinned, there would have been no 
death. Even after sin entered the world man lived to be 
over nine hundred years of age, but because of sin life 
continued to shorten till 1890, when the average life for 
the world was but a fraction over thirty years of age. 
Since that time as man has improved his way of living, 
sinning less against God and nature, life has continued to 
lengthen until the average in America is about fifty-five 
3^ears, showing that obedience to the Lord will increase 
our lives, but being FOOLS brings the opposite effect, 
short lives. If we hate life, if we just want to die prema- 
turely, there is a way to do it without drinking carbolic 
acid— JUST BE A FOOL. 



ONE HUNDRED BIBLE WAYS TO BE A FOOL 83 

CONCLUSION 

At first thought the readers of this book may be in- 
clined to think that it deals with only the black side of 
life, but it is far from it. It points out our mistakes so 
they may be corrected at once, making it possible to spend 
more years in living all for Christ. We never reform till 
v^e see the need of reformation. This book shows that 
need, making it a real friend to each conscientious reader. 
Nathan the prophet was not an enemy to David when he 
said: "Thou are the man." He was his best friend. If 
David had not been brought thus to his senses, he never 
would have been so humble, prayerful, and repentant. 
If we are fools, we need to know it before it is everlast- 
ingly too late, and no one can make us know ourselves 
better than God. 

The first time one reads the '^ONE HUNDRED BIBLE 
WAYS TO BE A FOOL" he will be inclined to look for 
descriptions of other fools, those whom he daily meets, 
but he should reread it, even again and again, looking for 
the different ways in which he himself is a fool, number- 
ing those various ways, that he may fully know himself, 
getting his weight in God's balances, to see if he is found 
''wanting", and, if he is, he should at once begin the great 
battle of his life to overcome those weaknesses till he is no 
longer a fool, no longer foolish in any way, having made 
all needed reformation in his own life. By doing it this 
way, the book will be worth more than all the other 
wealth of the world. It brings about a regeneration of 
body, soul, and spirit; it beautifies one's own disposition; 
it makes him more congenial, kind, gentle, patient, lov- 
ing; it makes him more beloved by others, for he is a ben- 



84 ONE HUNDRED BIBLE WAYS TO BE A FOOL 

ediction to all who touch his wonderful disposition; it 
gives him "power with God and man", and he becomes a 
leavening influence for good everywhere he goes. Yes, 
the book is a real friend to each reader. 

The author in getting out all the Scriptures in the 
Bible on different kinds of fools, reading from Genesis to 
Revelation to do it, discovered that he was a fool in more 
ways than one, but was very happy to make the discovery 
while he had time to mend his ways, for above everything 
else he wants to live a life pleasing to God, and he assures 
his readers that no one will be helped more by studying 
the book than he was by writing it — he is trying his best 
to live the new things he learned. He believes fully that 
his readers will be just as honest with themselves, that 
they will be just as happy over discovering in this way 
their weaknesses, and that they will be better men and 
women after reading the book. The author's great re- 
quest is that each reader will go over the book many 
times, seeking help for himself, that he may become as 
nearly as is possible just like the great Christ, being a 
lovely, walking example of real goodness to others who 
are watching his life, and telling them where they may pro- 
cure the book that has so blessed and enriched his own life. 

When we, the author included, are no longer fools in 
any way, we shall then be worthy of being numbered with 
the wise of earth, our feet will be planted upon the solid 
rock, even the *'Rock of Ages", and truly shall we "walk 
with God", or "sit with Christ in heavenly places", daily 
basking in the sunshine of boundless love, our souls feast- 
ing upon mountain-top experiences, ever hastening to join 
the caravan of the immortal, the blood-bought saints in 
glory. Amen. 



SEVEN BIBLE REASONS FOR DIVORCE 

and 
RIGHTS TO REMARRY 



The World and the Church in Error Concerning Divorce 

All these years we have been taught that there is but one Bible 
reason for divorce, but in this book the Author does not fail to fur- 
nish book, chapter and verse for Seven Bible Reasons for Divorce. 
In addition to furnishing Bible proofs for Seven Reasons for Divorce, 

when he comes to adultery or fornication as one of those reasons, he 
proves by the Bible that there are seven different kinds of fornica- 
tion and adultery described in the Bible, thus doubly proving his 
argument. There has never been such light thrown upon the subject 
of divorce before. The Author studied the Bible twenty years under 
masters, just gives his life to digging out its jewels and gold nuggets, 
and is authority when he speaks concerning God's Word. 



Preachers in Past Generations Blamable for 
Divorce Conditions 



The divorce conditions which obtain now did not come in a day 
— they are the results of hundreds of years of unfortunate teachings. 
If ministers during the past nineteen hundred years had been 
informed on the divorce subject, and concerning Scriptural mar- 
riages for Christians, members of the churches would not need, 
would not want divorces now. Erroneous teaching in the past has 
brought upon us conditions which make divorce most needful for 
this generation — life for many honest people would be intolerable 
without divorce. It is not the ''divorce evil", as it is called, that is 
doing the hurt — it is the "marriage evil" — not marrying Scripturally 
— not marrying God's way — and this book goes to the eternal depths 
of the subject — lays bare hidden facts — shows the way to cure the 
''cause", and then "divorce", the "result" of the wicked cause, will 
pass away. 



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Preachers Now Can Remedy Divorce for 
Next Generation 

Woodrow Wilson was the first great leader that recognized the 
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failed not to write each minister a letter, a challenge to do his best 
by public appeal for men and money — it was a success. In the 1928 
Presidential election it was demonstrated that preachers make and 
unmake Presidents. The same is true concerning divorce. They 
are the only ones that can handle the situation. They can curb it 
or they may let it grow worse and worse till the home is a thing 
of the past, and "free love" obtains everywhere. 

Preachers Should Understand Divorce from All Angles 

Since the "balance of power" concerning divorce is in the hands 
of ministers, it behooves them to go into the subject thoroughly, 
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God's word. 

Divorce is gnawing at the vitals of the home, of the churc'h, of 
the national governments, pointing pale fingers at destruction for all 
three, and legislators cannot stop the evil — it rests only in the hands 
of the preachers. Therefore, every minister in all the world should 
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till the next generation is assured of a better day, of united. Chris- 
tian homes, and the lovely tranquility that belongs to the same. 

Chapter Headings in the Book 

(1). Four Old Testament Reasons for Divorce." In this chapter 
we have hair-raising things on the subject — surprising things on the 
subject — enlightening things — things that make the Old Testament 
a new Book — ^things that give us new revelations concerning God. 

(2). Three New Testament Reasons for Divorce." In this chap- 
ter unexpected things loom before us — we become surprised at our 
not having seen some things in the New Testament before — ^we 
wonder why those who went before us did not see things so simple, 
so plain, of such great meaning. 



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(3). "Wives That Could Not Be Divorced". In the Old Testa- 
ment there were certain marriage ties that never could be broken — 
there are such marriage bonds now that must not be severed — oh, 
how the world needs to know all of these things. 

(4). "Bible Husbands". To be a "Bible Husband", there are ten 
commands to be lived — not the ten Moses wrote — and no one has a 
right to divorce a "Bible Husband". If he is not a "Bible Husband", 
and he is divorced, no husband has been divorced — he was not a 
husband — he was a stick. 

(5). "Bible Wives." To be a "Bible Wife", there are eleven com- 
mands to be obeyed, and no "Bible Wife" should be divorced. If 
not a "Bible Wife", she is not a "Wife", and a "white elephant" 
was gotten rid of in divorce — not a "wife". 

(6). "Rights to Remarry." We prove that when one has a Scrip- 
tural right for a divorce, he has a Bible right to remarry — most 
interesting. 

(7). "Broken Hearts," This deals with the real troubles ob- 
taining in unhappy marriages, the internal fires locked up in the 
hearts of millions, fires that are burning out the vitals of life, fires 
that make life a hell on wheels. The book proves that a merciful 
God does not expect such to continue in such hells. 

(8). Sinful and Unscriptural Marriages." Herein lies the 
"cause", the trouble. It is not the "divorce evil" that is ruining the 
home, the church, the world — it is the "marriage evil". 

(9). "Scriptural Marriages." In this chapter we find the great 
physician, and Gilead's balm for the divorce trouble — here is where 
the minister is held accountable — here is where he holds the balance 
of power. 

(10). "The Scriptural Way for Christians to Select Co-^panions." 

Here is where the ministry has failed the church and the world again. 
When they teach all the truth along this line members of the church 
will not need, will not want divorces. 

(11). "Divorce Cured for the Next Generation." There is a 
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(12). "The Bible Home." The following things go into the mak- 
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2. ''Did the Black Man Come from Cain?" No! 

3. "Did the Black Man Come from Ham?" No! 

4. "The Origin of the White Man." A miracle. 

5. "The Origin of the Red Man." A miracle. 

6. "The Origin of the Yellow Man." A miracle. 

7. "The Origin of the Black Man." A miracle. 

8. "Ethiopia and the Ethiopians of the Bible." 

9. "Has the Black Man a Soul?"* 

10. "The Black Man and Rape." 

11. "The Black Man and Lynching." 

12. "The Black Man and Theft." 

13. "The Black Man as a Servant." 

14. "Has the Black Man Succeeded?" 

15. "The Meaning of Racial Colors." 

16. "Who Will be White or Black in the Next World?" 

17. "Sons of God Marrying Daughters of Men." 

18. "The Generations of the Heavens and of the 

Earth." 

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THE MODEL PREACHER 

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